I used to dine at the Blue Room quite often, mostly because I lived near Cambridge. I don't live so close anymore so it's not in my travel circle anymore, and that is too bad, because based on my meal there a few nights ago, it still rocks. I was meeting a friend for a quick bite and neither of us was terribly hungry but we were wanting a comfortable place to enjoy a great meal without having it be too formal or stuffy. That's what I've always felt the Blue Room offers.
We settled on the grilled squid and smashed potatoes and the beet salad with warm goat cheese and ginger dressing for appetizers and we split a wild mushroom and polenta vegetarian entree.
The grilled squid was delicious with nice char on the squid, perfectly tender. I wasn't crazy about the olive-y and olive oily potato side that it came with - for me it was a bit to greasy and oily, but my DC loved it and the bread they provide (iggy's francesa) was perfect for sopping up all the juices and oils. I loved the light and bright dressing on the beet salad. The mache was fresh and the goat cheese breaded and lightly fried. All in all a very nice beginning to our meal.
The mushroom/polenta main was delicious. The polenta was light and had a little parmesan and truffle oil in/on it and the mushrooms were sauteed with thyme and other herbs and the whole dish was simple and easy and just what we were looking for.
Service was fine - it was a little mechanical and I wish my server seemed more interested in how things were with us rather than just going through the motions....but he was definitely competent. No complaints.
The vibe was great - lots of intellectual Cambridge types, a few single diners, some kids (going to the movies?) and some families. The interior looks like I remember it, clean and simple and comfortable. I'll gladly go back!