My fiancee and I were delighted by our meal last night at Zon's. On the corner of Perkins and Centre Street, Zon's is Jamaica Plain's answer to Franklin Cafe. Although it is a bit less ambitiuos than Franklin Cafe, it, too, serves up gussied up comfort food in a cool, quirky atmosphere. It was so good that I wondered who was behind the scenes. Anyone know?
We started with artichoke dip. To our surprise, the dip was accompanied not by chips, bread, or crackers, but rather, it was accompanied by a perfectly steamed artichoke. Somehow, the subtle flavor of the artichoke leaves did not get lost in the more assertive flavor of the dip. And, of course, the heart, which disappeared seconds after the last leaf was plucked, was worth all the work.
Then, we had veal meatloaf and macaroni and cheese. The meatloaf was near perfection for this dish. Again, it didn't break any culinary ground. Rather, it took a simple dish and did it extremely well. A rich mushroom sauce. Beatufiully cooked carrots and mashed potatoes were the perfect accopaniment.
Ohh, and the macaroni and cheese. AAAH. Three cheeses, but I can only remmeber two of them. An english famrhouse cheddar and pierre robert. Stir in one more cheese and a few mustard seeds and you have a perfection.
Items we passed up but were tempted by: a brothy lamb stew (special), chicken pot pie (thursday's only), made-to-order potato chips with a garlic dip, a burger of ground black angus topped with Stilton, baked fish of the day (last night it was cod), and a cheese plate of just one cheese which changes daily.
Prices ranged from 10 to 14 dollars for entrees. There were some delightful and reasonably priced wines by the glass, and the staff was pleasant and funky (in personality, not odor!).
Great spot. Wish it was on my block.
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