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Park Cambridge

gini | Apr 20, 2012 06:16 AM

I don't see a thread already started for Park, the new restaurant in the old Redline space, so please excuse me if this is duplicitous.

I haven't been inside this space for about 6 years and I'm fuzzy on what Redline looked like back in the day, but I think the bar area got a nice facelift: the horseshoe allows for maximum seating and they added hightops. As an FYI, all the awnings and signage outside still say Redline - there's a small sign on the door to alert you the space is now Park.

Beer:
a varied on-tap selection - some local, some craft brews from Colorado and California, and two Germany beers - of which I chose the Titan IPA: nice and hoppy.

Food:
Bacon 3-Way:
House cured lamb bacon, feta and black olive
House cured maple bacon,confit tomato and arugula
Pancetta, parsley, brioche croutons and roasted peppers
I really can't say no to bacon in any form, especially a trio. The play on a BLT was ok, but the confit tomato didn't taste like much - maybe it would be better in the summer. A spoonful of pancetta is hard to say no to, but the lamb bacon won out a place in my heart - salty olives, creamy feta, savory lamb bacon: more please!

Crispy Mussels: preserved lemon, horseradish dipping sauce
These were tempura, which I wasn't expecting. I'm having a love affair with horseradish this month, but I probably wouldn't order these again.

Meat Pie of the day: truffled parsnips with lamb and carmelized onions, mushy peas
Sadly for me, you couldn't taste the parsnips or the truffles as they were both overpowered by the delicious lamb and perfectly flaky crust. It didn't matter - it was comfort food on a plate. The mushy peas weren't mushy, but they were still minty and bright.

There was some woo-ing in the corner of the bar from a group around 7pm, but other than that, the place was buzzing yet not too loud - I will be back!

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