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Puritan and Co.

gourmetnachos | Dec 5, 2012 10:45 AM

Had an incredible experience there last Saturday night. Had a reservation for 5 people and added one at the last minute, which they accommodated without fuss. I thought the place would be packed on their first weekend, but instead it was just pleasantly full. Because of the high ceilings and airiness, the space feels elegant without stuffing it down your throat. Grabbed a glass of wine at the bar before we sat down - I believe they only serve wine and beer, but had a nice selection. We had a comfortable corner banquette at the front of the restaurant with a view of the street and the whole restaurant.

On to the food! Ooooh the food.

Delicious gougeres (oozing with gruyere and the size of a hockey puck), bluefish pate, and Quahog "stuffies" to start for the table. Also fantastic rolls that reminded me of the Swiss Bakers pretzel bread with large chunks of salt on top.

I had the foie gras salad for my app - frisee, foie gras, something else I can't remember, all topped with a soft farm egg. D-e-lightful, and surprisingly not terribly heavy. Someone else had the bone marrow gratin, and I only heard groans coming from them for the next ten minutes, along with mutterings of "meatbutter..." Others shared the kale salad, which also got two thumbs up.

On to the entrees - I had the roast chicken, which I must declare the best in Boston, with absolutely nothing to back that up. Where they got me is that it comes prepared in two ways: the breast and thigh is roasted, the drumstick is confit. Hold on while I swoon again. The contrast was fantastic. Brussels and farro rounded out a perfect plate. Others had the steak special, which was prepared sous vide and finished with a sear that jammed it up into the unearthly realm; and the duck, which came with a tantalizing layer of fat and crispy skin. All were absolutely amazing, and at the end of the meal all six of us declared it the most pleasurable dining experience we'd had in awhile.

In summary, I can't wait to go back.

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