Today I tried Jonathan’s Bar & Grill in Newton for lunch after having driven by the place many times while it was being built and the last two months it has been open.
The interior, is a 2012 take on Mid-Century Modern… minimalist, sleek, and contemporary; some exposed duct work; a very L.A. vibe. I ate at the bar. The bar tender was friendly and willing to engage.
I had the lobster roll, served with fries and coleslaw; described on their menu as:
“Jumbo Lobster Roll. Half-pound lobster meat, light mayo, shredded lettuce, lightly-buttered brioche roll, coleslaw, w/fries.”
The roll was certainly jumbo, they didn’t wimp out and just load up a standard hotdog bun; by comparison, it was more like a hotdog roll on steroids. The roll was solidly filled with enough lobster to ensure lobster in every bite, but it wasn’t overflowing. (I don’t know if the “Jumbo Lobster Roll” refers to the whole thing, just the roll, or the amount of lobster in it; it certainly wasn’t the amount of lobster therein. The roll was grilled, not over or under done, but it wasn’t a toasty golden color and it did have some black char marks; overall though, the roll wasn’t a turn off. My only criticism was that roll could have been more buttery.
I’m not a mayo fan, but they indicated on the menu that the mayo used was a light application, so I figured as along as it’s light I can deal. Fortunately, what they deem light is practically non-existent. Ditto on the coleslaw. Usually I steer away from ‘slaw because of the mayo factor, which isn’t helped by the fact that most coleslaw I’ve been served is drowning in it, but this wasn’t. I think you’d be hard-pressed to even find a trace amount of it.
The bartender even let me try a drink he was trying to recreate from L.A., a cocktail of rum, gin, and muddled cucumber and jalapenos. I’m not a hot food fan, so it wasn’t for me. I got the burn from the jalapeno immediately followed by the taste of cucumber. I think it was definitely a refreshing drink, but the burn factor ruined it for me.
For parking they use the lot directly behind the restaurant (where the entrance to a Filene’s Basement was) and a nearby parking garage.
Definitely worth checking out. Decent food. (and because it appeals to my aesthetic) Cool interior design. I’ll have to try a dinner service and their Sunday brunch.
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