The Gallows – South End Pub

1395 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.thegallowsboston.com (617) 425.0200

*In the South End, on Washington St, about the intersection of Monsignor Reynolds Way

Seth & Ren + John & Makeda

  • –Drinks–
  • Old Hickory20130320_210837
  • Wildfire
  • Slice of Life
  • Murdered Manhattan
  • Unita Hops Notch beer (x3)
  • Coffee
  • –Plates–
  • Cod Fritters
  • Lamb Rillette
  • Duck Belly Tacos (!)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Colcannon (mashed potatoes, pork belly, and kale)
  • Clover burger
  • Southern Comfort pulled pork burger
  • Hangtown burger
  • –Dessert–
  • Free mini ice cream cones
  • $163.71 w/tax ($64 in Drinks)

Price/Person: $15-25 w/ Drinks: $20-40

Seth: **I apologize as I write this about six weeks after we ate here. Ignore any 20130320_194948discrepancies**   We arrived a little buzzed after out Bully Boy distillery tour with a good appetite. We started with our usual round of cocktails. After a slight hiccup with my first drink that Ren talks about we moved on to cocktails and entrees. The duck belly taco was absolutely delicious. We also got a Rillette and cod fritters for appetizers that were also good. Ren went with two appetizers for her entree, John and Makeda got two different burgers and I had a burger with pulled pork on top of it. I shall continue my stance that beef and pork will always be delicious when paired together! I ate the entire burger as well as tastes of everyone else’s and we found ourselves, for one of the first times in this blog’s history, too full for dessert. We told our waitress we’d pass and take the check. Undeterred, she brought us each back our own mini ice cream cone! Just about one big bite, it was a sweet close to a pretty good meal. My favorite thing: the pork belly taco, Yum!

Ren: A trip to Bully Boy for a liquor tour led us to look for a restaurant in the near vicinity.  I stumbled across the Gallows in my search. The menu looked good and I’d heard it was good from a few people so I thought we’d give it a try. Despite looking a little busy from the20130320_201204 outside we didn’t have to wait to be seated. We started the meal off with a few cocktails. Mine contained rum, cider, and fresh lemon a nice way to look forward to the spring that will soon be arriving. Seth made the mistake of ordering the fat washed whiskey drink believing the fat wash to be a bitters thing alas it was bacon and duck fat which made for a very strange drink. After the drinks we had cod fritters, lamb rillette, and duck belly tacos as our appetizers. The tacos were spectacular, juicy, and flavorful.  The fritters and lamb were pretty tasty and well made. For my entrée I decided to have two sides brussle sprouts, and the colcannon. The colcannon was the best of the two with more flavor though the potatoes were a little soupy. The brussle sprouts were ok but a little under-cooked  Everyone else had a burger which were very tasty and juicy. I finished my meal with a cup of coffee and after deciding their one dessert wasn’t for us our waitresses treated us two mini soft serve cones which were thoughtful and delicious. As a side note the menu this evening was Irish themed due to St. Patrick’s Day, I think I would like to return sometimes when they have their regular menu. All-in-all this place is worth a visit especially if you’re in to burgers which seem to be what they do best. Next time I’ll stick to meat dishes though not meat washed drinks. My favorite thing: the amazing flavorful 20130320_194936tacos!

Food: Seth 7.5 Ren 7 Food Average 7.25 Pretty decent elevated pub food. It seems their specialty are the burgers which they executed well

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 The waitress was attentive and helpful. She took back the funky cocktail and suggested a new one. Also the free mini cones were pretty cool

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 7.5 Ren 8 A neatly decorated pub. Some interesting stuff on the walls and a good layout.

Total Average: 7.833 If you’re in the area and wanting a good beer and cocktail, go check it out. Some good food and excellent service

Union Bar & Grille – South End Eatery

1357 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118

www.unionrestaurant.com (617) 423.0555

*On Washington St in the South End between Union Park and Waltham St

Seth & Ren, +4 guests

  • –Drinks–
  • Kona Firerock
  • Scottish Daisy
  • RW Red Wine
  • Southern Tier Double IPA
  • Verano de Amor x2
  • Ethereal Gin x2
  • American Classic
  • Berkshire Brew
  • RW White wine x2
  • Truffle Martini
  • Bourbon Flip
  • Anchor Steam beer
  • –Plates–
  • PEI Mussels
  • Grilled Flank Steak w/ Salt Baked Fingerlings, Marinated Zucchini Salad x2
  • New England Clam Bake w/ Grilled Corn, Red Bliss Potatoes
  • Tuna Tartare
  • Grilled brandt flank steak w/ chimichurri sauce, hand cut fries, pea shoot salad
  • Crispy calamari w/ “green goddess” aioli, pickled fresno peppers
  • Lobster cavatelli w/ heirloom zucchini, tiny tomatoes, basil & creme fraiche
  • IPA grilled chicken w/ chorizo cornbread, baby carrots, ketuckey bourbon sauce
  • Sweet Corn Fritters w/ Rock Crab Salad, Coriander Aioli x2
  • –Desserts–
  • Toasted S’more x2
  • Chocolate & hazelnut terrine w/ creme fraiche sabayon & salty caramel
  • Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee
  • Tasting of artisan cheeses w/ fresh fruit, toasted baguette
  • $327.00 w/tax ($107.50 in Drinks)

Average Price/Person: $30-45 w/ Drinks: $50-70

*Note: This was a restaurant week stop with 3 of us taking part that brought down the cost by at least $40.*

Seth: Off to the South End for Restaurant Week to a place we’d been before but never got to review on here. My friend Ryan and his girlfriend Jen came to join the normal crowd of the 4 of us. We made a reservation the day before and when we arrived we were sat in a circle high-back booth. We poured over the special menu and  half of us stuck to it while the rest went with the regular one. We all started with a round of drinks before picking out each of our appetizers, main courses and desserts. My tuna tartare was a little under-whelming but tasty; not as much flavor as I was hoping for. I tried a mussel that had a great sauce and the calamari was really tasty with a great dipping sauce. Next came the perfectly cooked flank steak with a chimichurri sauce that was quite tasty. John’s cod was cooked perfectly as well and had great flavor. Desserts were last and my S’more was ok. Not enough graham cracker and the I think it would have been better with the chocolate softened or melted. A pretty good meal, with good company and an all around enjoyable evening. I’d like to get back here again some time. Maybe I’ll take my fiancée here on a date soon. My favorite thing: The bite of calamari I grabbed

Ren: We took a hop, a skip, and a jump right into the chic booths of Union Bar & Grill this week for the ever tempting restaurant week menu. Though only three out of the six of us ordered off the special menu as some were lured by delicious regular menu items. This was my third visit to this dining establishment and I’ll have to say probably my least favorite visit; though it was still quite an excellent experience. I started my evening with a drink called a new American Classic that contained bourbon, bubbles, and bitters (a delightful combination). My first course was corn fritters topped with crab; a decent beginning, though I thought my boyfriends mussels was the tastiest appetizer on the table. My entrée was the steak with fingerling potatoes and zucchini paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The dish was decent, the meat perfectly cooked but a little over salty. I wasn’t wowed by anyone else’s entrée though my boyfriend’s fish was excellently cooked. I topped off my evening with a cheese platter and a bourbon flip both were extremely delightful and made for a perfect end to the evening. My third experience to this restaurant leads me to think fish and cocktails  is definitely what they do well and everything else is fairly average. My favorite thing: The well paired cheese plate

Food: Seth 7 Ren 7.5 Food Average: 7.5 We’ve been here before and it was tastier then. Still good tonight, some unique takes on dishes

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Great round booths that fit our party of six. Nice decorations and a vibe that was comfortable and trendy

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Service was attentive. The waiter was on his toes and accommodating as a busy Restaurant Week had a few items out of stock.

Total Average: 8.083 A great place to take a date. Better than average food that may have missed a half-step due to the business of Restaurant Week. Still worth a check

One bad thing: Ren and Makeda’s steak was a bit over salted and the potatoes under-seasoned

Hungry Mother – Southern Comfort

233 Cardinal Medeiros Ave. Cambridge, MA 02141

www.hungrymothercambridge.com (617) 499-0090

*A couple blocks from Hampshire St and Broadway. Near Kendall Sq Cinema

Seth & Ren, +1 guest

  • –Drinks–
  • Stirred cocktail
  • Vieux Carre cocktail
  • Meadowlark IPA x2
  • Old Monk cocktail
  • Gin Mule
  • –Plates–
  • Duck liver pate
  • Bluefish croquettes
  • Stube Ranch Wagyu beef with creamed corn and blackened arrowhead cabbage x2
  • Grilled Striped Bass with fried green tomato and summer squash
  • Bacon and Sweetbread skewers with tomato and chimichurri (free tasting)
  • –Deserts–
  • Chocolate cream pie with whipped cream and caramel sauce
  • $166.39 w/ tax ($50.50 in Drinks)

Average Price/Person: $30-40 w/Drinks: $40-60

Seth: On a rainy Friday afternoon we finally made our way to hungry mother.  Ren and I finally accepted a 45 minute wait and it was worth it.  I arrived first and put in out name, and Ren and john arrived minutes later.  Once we were sat we figured out our cocktails pretty quick and got to ordering.  We started with an appetizer of duck liver pate, which was tasty but perhaps not as rich as I would have liked. The blue fish croquettes on the other hand were absolutely phenomenal.  While were waiting for out  entrées, the chef brought us out a free tasting of sweet bread and bacon skewers with a chimichurri sauce.  I’m pretty sure this is my first experience with sweet bread and paired with the tomato and bacon, I’m now a fan.  Ren and I couldn’t resist ordering the same entrée this week, as one cannot turn down wagyu beef.  I’m glad I went ahead with this as the beef was tender and perfectly cooked.  It came with a nice cream corn and blackened cabbage that added the proper contrast to the dish.  Somewhere in there we ordered a second round of drinks.  I followed up my first cocktail with an IPA.  As is mandatory, we picked out a dessert to share, decided on the chocolate pie with the  caramel sauce.   I was completely full and could only have one bite, but it was sweet and moist and tasty.  Hungry Mother has an ever revolving menu, so I will absolutely be here again.  As a note: be sure to make reservations in advance. My favorite thing: That incredible cut of beef.

Ren: Hungry Mother equals taste bud bliss! Me and Seth have been meaning to go here for quite sometime and a visit with a friend finally prompted a visit. Joined by my boyfriend we set off on a journey of delectable proportions. We commenced with a few tasty beverages from the bar. My Vieux Carré was excellently made as was every concoction we ordered; especially a taste of a Corpse Reviver variation invented by the bartender. The round of sumptuous taste relievers was followed by an appetizer of pâté and shortly after by an appetizer of blue fish croquettes. The pâté was tasteful but not quite as rich as I would have like it to be. The croquettes, however, were incredibly flavorful and well-balanced. The chef  then sent us a taste of sweet bread paired with bacon and tomato to tease our taste buds and prepare us for our entrées that followed which were mind-blowing! My boyfriends striped bass, Seth’s and my Wagyu steak were all cooked to perfection. Everything simply melted in our mouths. My steak was well paired with a creamed corn and a side of cabbage. We topped the evening off with a smooth and tasty chocolate pie with coffee whipped cream and caramel sauce. Two words: go here! We had an amazing experience and I am definitely going back whenever I am in the area. My favorite thing: my out of this world Wagyu steak with the creamed corn.

Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.75 Food Average: 8.625 *Certified Dericious* Tasty, well done, intelligent southern inspired comfort food

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Cute little place with nice wood tables and a good crowd. Everyone seemed so pleased to be here

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 9 Excellent service. Napkins folded when you step away. Knowledgeable of the menu and doing their job well.

Total Average: 8.625 A place we’ve been meaning to get to and it was worth the wait. Cute place, well thought out delicious food. Check this place out. *Make reservations a week in advance.*

One bad thing: The pate I guess was a little drier and less rich than I was hoping for. Not bad per say but have to  find something to put here.

Tres Gatos – Local Tapas

 470 Centre St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

www.tresgatosjp.com (617) 477-4851

*In Jamaica Plain, near the intersections of S. Huntington and Centre St

Seth & Ren

  • –Drinks–
  • Bottle of Juan Rojo Tempranillo wine 2006
  • –Plates–
  • Charcuterie plate w/ Lomo Serrano pork, Tetilla cow’s milk cheese, and Valdeón goat’s milk blue cheese
  • Albóndigas (chorizo-spiced pork meatballs, saffron cream, chimichurri)
  • Heritage Pork Belly w/ turnip puree, pork jus, harissa spices
  • Grilled Lamb’s tongue (!) w/ Four Star Farms’ grits, 6-minute egg, turmeric
  • Grilled Bavette Steak w/  charred radicchio, Cabrales blue cheese, and Spanish cider
  • Extra Grilled bread
  • –Dessert–
  • Churros and chocolate
  • $139.10 w/ tax ($59.00 in Drinks)

Ave Price/Person: $25-45 w/ Drinks: $30-70

Seth: Love this new local joint. They just recently celebrated their one year and this is probably my fifth trip here. It was just Ren and I this week and we were looking forward to delicious small plates and a good bottle of wine. We arrived a few minutes after our 8pm reservation (which are recommended, especially weekends) and were promptly sat near the window at a high-top. We looked over the menu, as it changes every couple of months and saw some old favorites and a few new things. We discussed the wine list among ourselves and with the waitress and settled on a nice bottle of red Tempranillo. It had an excellent richness and earthiness to it and paired with the food to follow just right. We ordered a charcuterie plate with two cheeses and four small plates. The cured ham, cow’s cheese, and goat’s blue cheese came with little pieces of bread and some raw honey. They were all very nice with the blue cheese stealing the show. Next came the Albóndigas: a nice little meatball with a saffron cream and a chimichurri. After that was the pork belly sitting on a turnip puree. Pork belly is one of my favorite things ever and each time is different. This version is a little meatier and firmer than others but no less delicious. The skin on top was crispy and the fat, flavorful and melted in my mouth. Then it was the grilled lamb’s tongue with grits and a 6-minute egg. I’ve had cow’s tongue before and the texture has been distracting but the tenderness was perfect with this. It is a particular flavor in itself but with the grits and eggs in one bite the overall flavor was really, really good. Still a little hungry at this point we added some more grilled toast and the grilled Bavette steak. Cooked really well and accompanied with a very strong flavored radicchio a little blue cheese and some cider. This was just enough food but we can’t do without a dessert. Ren snuck in an order of Churros and melted chocolate. A great little Spanish dessert capped of an awesome dinner with a sweet finish. If you live within travel distance and haven’t been here yet, you really need to. My favorite thing: The pork belly

Ren:  To fill our hungry bellies we didn’t need to travel far; for just a stones throw away three cats awaited to meet our every foodie desire. Tres Gatos of Jamaica Plain gladly hosted me and Seth this week. It was my fourth visit here and most certainly won’t be my last. I definitely suggest this place for a romantic night or a social gathering. It has a cozy atmosphere, small dining room, eclectic art, and even a book store in the back. Our host for the evening was a familiar face and had been our waitress on our last two visits. She started off our evening with an excellent wine suggestion that was creamy, full flavored, and paired superbly to our meal. Next we had several choices from the charcuterie my favorite being the flavorful Valdeon goats milk cheese. After the charcuterie we journeyed through Spain in flavor with pork belly, chorizo, lamb tongue, and tender bavette steak. All were simply fabulous and noteworthy. It was my first experience with lamb tongue and won’t be my last. It was extremely tender with a very interesting texture. At the end when Seth ducked away I snuck in a tasty treat of churros and melted chocolate. All in all one of my favorite restaurants to visit and my only complaint would be that I’d like to see our plates for eating changed at least once during the meal. My favorite thing: The surprisingly textured lamb tongue

Food: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 Food Ave: 8.5 *Certified Dericious* Delicious, ever-changing, original small plates. Great wine selection.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 8 Very cute little place. Really nice decor and has a hidden gem with a little well-kept book and music store in the back

Service: Seth 8 Ren 8 Nice service with good wine recommendations and is attentive and  friendly. Would have liked our extra plates changed, but not a big thing

Total Average: 8.167 Love this little local place and have never failed to be impressed. Awesome food, great service and a warm and welcoming spot.

One bad thing: The extra plates being left too long

**EDITORS NOTE** Starting after this review we will temporarily be moving to a bi-weekly format. This may last a few months and we’ll keep you updated. Some of the off weeks we will be cooking special recipes and may include a blurb about them on here. Thanks for following us so far and hope you continue to enjoy and Eat Well!

Putterham Grille – Greek Grub

1012 W. Roxbury Parkway. Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

www.putterhamgrille.com (617) 327-2202

*In Chestnut Hill, near the Putterham circle

Seth & Ren, +3 guests

  • –Drinks– 
  • Anchor Steam
  • Anchor Steam Porter x2
  • Pale Ale Organic
  • Monkey Bay Sauvignon Blanc x2
  • Pinot Noir Bonterra
  • –Plates–
  • Grape Leaves
  • Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Veal Marsala
  • Grilled Salmon w/ mashed potatoes and asparagus
  • Lamb Kebab w/ rice pilaf x2
  • –Desserts–
  • Baklava
  • Grapenut pudding
  • $171.32 w/ tax ($44.00 in drinks) Before a $40 Groupon

Ave. Price/Person: $25-40 w/ Drinks: $30-50

Seth:  A few weeks ago I came across a Groupon for a Greek grille in Chestnut Hill. We hadn’t done Greek food for the blog yet, and the reviews online were pretty good so off we went. First walking into the place didn’t really impress. It’s a pretty odd decor. The art on the walls is nice but is seems everything else was sort of thrown together. Not a lot of continuity in the color scheme. The menu has some good options so we ordered the two appetizers to start. I really enjoyed the spinach & artichoke dip. It was nice and creamy, with a strong spinach flavor to it. It came with a sort of pita bread and some chips; both nice. The Grape leaves were pretty big and came with 4 of them. The were nicely seasoned and cooked right. This is where the service started to go awry. Our waiter never took our appetizer plates away. She came to the table not twice, but three separate times with them sitting there. We ended up stacking them all together and putting them to the side of table to elicit some response. A few minutes later, it was actually another waiter that noticed them, apologized and took them away. Entrées were next and my lamb kebab didn’t disappoint. John got the same plate but wasn’t as happy. Not sure if it was a separate batch or just different tastes. My lamb was cooked nicely and well seasoned. I also had bites of Ren’s Veal Marsala, which was incredible, and Makeda’s Chicken Marsala, which I thought was just as nice. The only disappointment I had with the entrées was my brothers grilled salmon. While the seasoning was nice, it was just a little too well cooked and came off dry. His asparagus and potatoes that came with were at least nice. I had a nice beer to start the dinner and the Pinot Noir with my meal accompanied it perfectly. We closed out the meal with a couple of desserts. The Baklava was perfectly crispy and sweet and the Grapenut pudding was like a flan consistency but a pudding sweet taste. The waitress was a bit off on this round too, when we ordered the two desserts to share she brought us all large bowls. (?) We sent them back to only have another waiter bring us all small plates and an all new sets of utensils. The service started weird and ended the same. I enjoyed the food over all and may give this place another change but they didn’t do themselves service with that first impression. My favorite thing: The bites of Veal Marsala I had

Ren: After a sorrowful weeks absence from our blogging escapades I am glad to be back and reporting on our dining adventures. This week we made a short drive to Putterham Grill in Chestnut Hill; a Greek/American fusion. I was a little thrown off by the deli that was to our right walking into the restaurant. I think it should be a separate room and took away from the atmosphere. The artwork from local artisans displayed on the wall redeemed the atmosphere just a bit. Let’s just say if I go here again I will probably only get take-out. The food was, on a whole, average though my particular dish was one of the most delicious and creamy veal marsala I have ever had.  My brother Alex got the salmon which was over cooked and the lamb kebab ordered by Seth and John was a little under seasoned. I also enjoyed the spinach artichoke dip we had for an appetizer and the well made baklava we had for dessert. On a side note I will have to say our waitress was clearly very new to the industry and made a few classic mistakes. She failed to clear the dirty dishes off our table, though we asked her to, seemed to forget to check up on us, mispronounced a menu item, and presented us with bowls for our dessert which were clearly unneeded. It seemed like the other wait staff were a bit more competent so I am reluctant to judge the service here just on her lack of skills. I think the food here is definitely worth a try but don’t bank on an excellent experience. My Favorite thing: the delightfully flavorful veal marsala.

Food: Seth 8 Ren 7 Food Ave: 7.5 Pretty good food. A few missteps with the Salmon being a little over cooked among other things

Service: Seth 6 Ren 4 This wasn’t very good service. The waitress was apparently brand new and showed it a bit too much. Empty plates were left for way too long. Splitting the check was a bit much of a challenge for it at the end of the meal, and not too much great between those things

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 7 Ren 5.5 The art on the walls for sale was nice, and we like the light fixtures, but that’s about it. This place just seemed off. Poor color combinations and an odd layout to the tables

Total Average: 6.250 There were good food items here and the waitress may have been a bad blip in the way of service for the whole restaurant. I wouldn’t mind trying the food again here sometime, as long as we are waited on by somebody else.

One bad thing: The service, and the overcooked salmon


The Haven – Scottish Pub

2 Perkins St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

www.thehavenjp.com (617) 524-2836

*In JP, between S. Huntington and Centre St, next to the MSPCA

Seth & Ren, + 2 guests

  • Fullers ESB
  • Joker IPA
  • Glass of Mulled wine
  • Dark & Stormy
  • Bengali Tiger (beer)
  • Braveheart (cocktail)
  • Scotch Deviled egg wrapped in sausage
  • Brussel Sprouts w/ bacon
  • D Haven Burger (med rare)
  • Crofters Pie (like a chicken pot pie but w/ lamb)
  • Duck confit salad
  • Haggis & Neeps (yes we did)
  • Two deep-fried Mars Bars w/ whip cream
  • $130.54 w/ tax ($41.00 in drinks)

Seth: This week was another restaurant we could walk to right from the apartment. I really enjoy discovering and trying out the local joints. I had been here before but for nothing more than drinks and snacks. A full dinner was warranted. This place is really nice. They’ve really worked with the space they have, creating a warm inviting place to enjoy. They’ve also done well with the food. The Haven Burger I had was delicious. Cooked just how I asked for and with complementing toppings that sealed the deal. I tried everyone else’s dishes as well. This was a first for me with the Haggis and it’s definitely different. Since it has liver in it, it has that distinct flavor in the background. I wanted to like this more than I did. I mean, the flavor was good, but the execution seemed off. It was a little dry and didn’t seem to quite come completely together. It came with mashed potatoes that were really good. The Crofters pie was nicely done. The chunks of lamb were big and tasty. Ren had that duck confit salad that was as good as duck confit usually is with a great salad component to go along with it. Our appetizer was the deviled eggs wrapped in sausage! Brilliant idea that its execution was as good as the innovation. The filling had a nice mustard and perhaps a little horseradish zest to it. Our side of Brussels sprouts with bacon were done just right. I always enjoy the heartiness of Brussels sprouts. We were all pretty full at that point but can’t close out a meal without dessert. We ordered one deep-fried mars bar to split between the four of us. Our waitress had different plans though. She figured one just wasn’t enough and gave us a second one on the house! This was just the cap on a night of very good service by a fun and enjoyable waitress. My favorite thing: Still thinking about those wrapped deviled eggs. Delicious and going to have to try making them.

Ren: My roots, my roots they are a calling me this week, so I listened and our eating adventures led us to our local Scottish retreat the Haven this week. A blessed five-minute walk from our apartment, which was a perfect pick for our tired feet and my Scottish longings. I have been here a handful of times but only once for dinner and I always thoroughly enjoy my visits. From the warm welcome you get from the owner Jason, to the eclectic decor, and the pickled vegetables placed on every table, you will definitely be drawn here more than once. I started off this cold rainy evening with a warm glass of mulled wine and a crispy sausage wrapped deviled egg. For dinner I moved on to a delicious salad containing duck confit, roasted squash, frisee, golden raisin vinaigrette, and a warm mustard. I paired that with a dark&stormy, a generous helping of my friends Haggis, a few bites of lamb pie,  and a few of my brothers onion marmalade topped burger (a Haven special). We were so full by the end we decided to split the must have fried dessert (deep-fried Mars Bar this week) thinking a bite couldn’t hurt. To our stomachs delight and dismay our waitress decided one would never be enough for the four of us and brought us a second; my stomach revolted but it was delicious. On a side note: I didn’t feel like beer this evening but their selection is enough to tease your taste buds. I will be returning soon for a beer and a burger. My favorite thing: My duck confit salad!

Ave Price/Person: $25-35 w/ Drinks: $35-45

Food: Seth 7.5 Ren 8 Food Ave: 7.75 – Good Scottish food done well

Service: Seth 8.5 Ren 8.5 – Really nice and sincere waitress. She was helpful throughout the night and actually gave a free second fried Mars Bar because she thought us splitting one wouldn’t be enough.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 8 – Cute little spot in JP. Really neat antler chandeliers. Some folk art on the walls.

Total: 8.083 – All around good restaurant. Great service, good food and cute place. Bring a date and try some new comfort food.

One bad thing: The Haggis was a little dry, but we have no other experience to compare it to.

Blue Nile – Ethiopian Cuisine

389 Centre St. Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

No website. Menu Here (617) 522-6453

*In JP, on Centre St near the “rotary”

Seth & Ren, +1 guest

  • Samuel Adams x3
  • Glass of Malbec
  • Glass of Cabernet
  • Sambosa
  • Azefa (Lentil salad)
  • Centre St Combination w/ Kifto (seasoned beef with chili powder), Tibs (sauteed beef w/ onions and seasoning), Key Wet (seasoned slow-cooked chicken) and Tikil Gommon (cabbage, onion and tomatoes with spices)
  • Siga Wet (tender beef in berbere sauce)
  • Coffee x3
  • $64.84 w/ tax ($30.25 in drinks)

Seth: So this was my 2nd time getting Ethiopian food and it confirmed what I thought the first time; that this food is different than what most are used to (you get to eat everything with your hands!) but delicious. We ordered two appetizers; starting with the sambosa. For people familiar with this dish under slightly different names (e.g. samosa) this Indian, Northern African, Middle Eastern food is good even without meat. This version had lentils and seasoned spinach in it (Yum!). The thin dough on the outside was fried to crispy perfection. If I had room after this whole meal I would have ordered another round of these. The Azefa was really good. More than I expected really. It came with a side of injera (ethiopian bread. More on that later) which was a great combo. It tasted a little like there was some mustard in it with the spices that were used. With a nice creaminess and tartness to it, this was a great complement to the sambosa and a good start to the meal. The combination came next and all on one platter. This is where it gets good. All the food is on the platter, on top of the injera bread (as you can see on the right). You’re also given extra bread on the side, and this is what you eat with. Tear off a piece of the bread, scoop up whatever combo of goodies in front of you will fit into it and enjoy. This can get a little messy at times but you’d be surprised how, with a little finesse, you can master it in no time. The injera the food’s sitting on gets soaked up with the juices and is just awesome. Three of us could not finish the platter. I liked the kifto a lot. It had a strong hearty spice to it that cleared the sinuses nicely and brought up the lentils perfectly. We closed out with a few coffees and talked about the meal for a little bit while enjoying the lingering incense. My favorite thing: That spicy, tender kifto.

Ren: Dust off your safari hat and take and take a ride down the Nile for some delectable Ethiopian or just take a walk down the street to the Blue Nile in Jamaica Plain. Our delight in ethnic food brought us to this cozy, authentic restaurant this week. This is the first time I have been to an Ethiopian restaurant and I would have to say I am very pleased to have found another region of food to explore. We went with sambosas and lentils for our appetizers paired with injera: a traditional Ethiopian bread that is light, fluffy, flat, and highly addictive. For our entrées we had a platter with injera as the base then topped with steak (onions & green peppers), Kitfo, cabbage, more lentils, and another beef dish called Tibs. The cabbage was one of my favorite parts of the entrée platter. I absolutely loved eating my whole meal by ripping up pieces of the injera in order to pick up each tasty morsel. Pair that with $3.50 Sam Adams and you have the recipe for a very enjoyable evening. I would suggest this place for a get together with a group of friends or fun date. My favorite thing: The wonderful sambosas and the injera.

Ave Price/Person: $10-20 w/ Drinks: $15-25

Food: Seth 8 Ren 7.5 Food Ave: 7.75 Unique and well done food. Worth a try for the experience.

Service: Seth 7.5 Ren 7 The servers were polite and helped out when we asked a few questions. Nothing really special but did nothing wrong either.

Decor/Atmosphere: Seth 8 Ren 7.5 A cute little place. Sits maybe 15-20 people. Regional art on the walls. Near the end of our meal someone ordered a special drink and incense was lit up and brought a nice element to the place.

Total: 7.583 Good food. Good experience. Nice and local.

One bad thing: The liga tibs was a little overcooked. Beer and wine, but no liquor.