Recently my SO and I have been exploring the many new vegetarian/vegan restaurants that seem to be opening in Boston. We've always questioned why there aren't any more "upscale" vegetarian places that would be nice for a Saturday date night. Well, I'm happy to say that True Bistro in Somerville is that kind of place. We had the opportunity to dine there this past Saturday night and we weren't disappointed. All the dishes we had were extremely good and we left feeling very satisfied. An added advantage is that we thought True Bistro was reasonably priced too.
I started with the Cornmeal Crusted Oyster Mushrooms with Horseradish-Dill Aioli and Guajillo Chili Sauce. The mushroom were perfectly fried with a crunchy cornmeal crust and the Horseradish-Dill sauce on the side was a made for a great combination. My SO chose the Thai Green Curry which was served with small cubes of fried tofu and a black rice cake. The curry sauce was really excellent and tasted as if it were house-made. It had very bright flavors along with the right amount of spice to make it taste authentic. The black rice cake was a perfect accompaniment for the spicy curry. For my main I chose the Red-Red Black-Eyed Peas. This was served with rice Arancini that were stuffed with corn plus fried plantains with a mildly spiced tomato sauce. The combination of flavors made it a very filling and satisfying dish.
We tried the Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie and the Death by Chocolate for desserts and found them both to be good but a bit underwhelming. We felt each one could have been a bit sweeter.
Service was very good from being greeted at the door to the server we had. Friendly, professional and knowledgeable about all the menu items. The room is rather small but cozy and overall made for a very comfortable dining experience. I would strongly suggest making a reservation. The place was busy from the time we arrived until we left with all the tables occupied. WE are now looking forward to our next visit.