Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ocean Prime

          Ocean Prime is a new high end steak and seafood restaurant that opened in the seaport (they have locations in other cities across the US. I was excited to try them for dinner the other night and it was just as good as I hoped. We started with some apps; I had the tuna tartare which was a huge portion, of incredibly fresh tuna over avocado with sesame, soy, and ginger
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          I also tried a bite of my friend's goat cheese ravioli which was also delicious, tossed in a simple butter sauce with some fresh mushrooms. The fiancé enjoyed his wedge salad (not pictured), and said it was one of the best he'd ever had.



           I ordered the eight ounce filet with a side of truffle butter, but after the tuna could only eat a few bites. The steak was perfectly tender and flavorful, and the butter was full of large slices of shaved black truffle.





           The twice baked potato was almost as big as my steak and I also ended up taking most of this to go! Both the steak and potato reheated well for lunch the next day (the addition of the truffle butter made them both even better).







          Overall the experience at Ocean Prime was amazing, and I hope to come back again soon to check out the bar and the sushi menu!

 Ocean Prime Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, April 15, 2016

Ashmont Grill



          I've been hearing great things about Ashmont Grill for years, and I finally had the chance to check them out for dinner recently. It was a busy Sat night and the fiancé and I managed to walk in and grab some seats at the bar before they completely filled up. We started with an appetizer of the pan seared Brussels sprouts with lomo (like bacon), aged cheddar, butter, and lime. These were delicious, seared perfectly with tons of flavor. The portion was huge and I ended up taking some to go.





          I ordered the fluke for my main course, which was lightly breaded and pan fried with couscous, chestnut mushrooms, and fava bean puree. The mushrooms and fava beans were a perfect pairing; light and fresh and not overpowering the delicate flavor of the fish. 


          The fiancé ordered the ribs, which he also enjoyed (and I enjoyed his leftovers the next day)!





          We ordered dessert despite not being able to finish our entrees, and went with the bartender's recommendation: the sticky toffee pudding, which has been featured on the Food Network. I could definitely see why! This was one of the best I've had, and I can't wait to go back and try some of the other desserts.




          Not only is the food excellent at Ashmont Grill, but the portions are huge and the prices are very reasonable. Everything you'd want in a neighborhood spot!
Ashmont Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dok Bua

         I'm loving the opportunity to try lots of new places via Peach, a delivery service my office has been using for a few months now. Peach works with local restaurants, and gives you three daily choices from the restaurant of the day including meat, vegetarian or light / healthy. You get a text with your options every morning, and just respond yes with your choice for to opt in for they day. Meals are always $10 including tax, tip, and delivery fee, and delivered to a convenient location for your office at lunchtime. 


         Dok Bua, a Thai restaurant in Brookline, was one of the most recent options and I chose the vegetarian dish for the day Pad See Ew with tofu. This came with tons of stir fried greens and tofu, tossed with wide noodles in a flavorful sauce.




         Pad See Ew is one of my favorite Thai dishes, and Dok Bua's did not disappoint. I hope to check them out in person sometime for the full experience!


Dok Bua Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Lunch at Harvest with Sara Moulton

          I love Harvest in Harvard Square, and was so excited to have the opportunity to attend an event a couple of weeks ago in collaboration with Chef Sara Moulton. Sara is the host of Sara's Late Night Meals, who actually got her start in the kitchen at Harvest many years ago. Sara recently released her new cookbook and hosted a special luncheon at Harvest in celebration of the release. The luncheon featured a meal inspired by Sara's recipes, as well as a cooking demonstration and is just the first in an upcoming luncheon series at Harvest.




          The first item on the menu was a split pea soup topped with salmon. It looked amazing and the other diners raved about it. I had a dairy free alternative, roasted vegetable chili which was delicious and full of fresh flavors. I loved the addition of quinoa and the use of avocado as a garnish!










          Next was Sara's take on steak and eggs, a braised short rib topped with a poached egg and served with broccoli rabe and ciopollini onions. It was the perfect brunch meal, and though it was incredibly rich it didn't feel too heavy.



          Dessert was an apricot soufflé which Sara demonstrated how to cook for us. She made what has always seemed like a complex dish look easy, and like something I may even attempt at home (although I'm sure it won't be as good as Sara's)!

          I can't wait to check out some of the amazing recipes in Sara's cookbook, as well as see who Harvest has lined up for the next luncheon!


Monday, April 11, 2016

Naco Taco

          I've been dying to try Naco Taco in Central Square since they opened, and recently had the chance to order delivery via Peach a new delivery service my office has been using. Peach works with local restaurants, and gives you three daily choices from the restaurant of the day including meat, vegetarian or light / healthy. You get a text with your options every morning, and just respond yes with your choice for to opt in for they day. Meals are always $10 including tax, tip, and delivery fee, and delivered to a convenient location for your office at lunchtime. 






          Naco Taco is on regular rotation at my office, and I was so excited to finally try them the other day. I was glad to see that one of my favorites, tacos al pastor was the meat option and gave this a try.


          The tortillas were homemade and tasted fresh, even though I ordered delivery. The pork was tender and flavorful and served with a side of fresh salsa and lime.


        Naco Taco is one of the better alternative's for tacos in Boston, and I definitely hope to check out the restaurant for the full experience soon!

Naco Taco Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Friday, March 25, 2016

Margarita's




          Margaritas feels like an old school classic for me. I grew up eating here, and one of my first jobs in high school was a server at one of the NH locations. In my brief stint working there, I learned that most (if not all of the dishes) are made from scratch including the guacamole and sauces (servers actually had to learn every single ingredient in case some asked or had a food allergy). As a teenager I was not the adventurous eater I am today, and didn't touch meat aside from chicken or vegetables outside of salad. Margaritas introduced me to some firsts including guacamole which I never would have tried if my coworkers hadn't practically forced me. Now guacamole and avocados in general are some of my favorite foods, and it's one of my first memories of really branching out and trying something new.

          Whenever I eat at Margaritas, I order the tomato and garlic nachos with chicken and bacon (sadly I dove into these before I could grab a pic at my last visit). These are not your traditional American nachos loaded with cheese, refried beans, sour cream, etc. These are much more simple and I think more flavorful. Everyone who's been with me has been skeptical at first, and ends up loving them!

         I usually order some sort of combination plate for my main course so I can try a little bit of everything. At my last visit I tried the "From the Land" taco combo, which came with one chicken taco with onion, cilantro and mild three-pepper sauce, one pork carnitas taco with pickled onions and chipotle BBQ sauce, and one braised beef taco with salsa fresca and crema. They were all good, but my favorite was definitely the pork carnitas.


          The fiancé ordered an enchilada combo with red, white, and green sauces, black beans, and rice.


           Over the years the menu has remained pretty consistent, and I appreciate being able to oder old favorites as well as try new dishes. As much as I love the hole-in-the-wall authentic taco spots I've discovered in Waltham and East Boston, Margaritas is still my favorite higher end restaurant for American-Mexican and of course great Margaritas!


           



Margaritas Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Saturday, March 12, 2016

John Harvard's

          Last night the Fiance and I tried John Harvard's in Framingham for dinner. It's a brew house with great craft beers and comfort food. I started with this mid winter imperial stout, which was malty with hints of coffee and chocolate.


          We shared an order of boneless wings with their stout bbq. I loved the sauce, which was the perfect combination of sweet and savory.


          I ordered a French dip for my main course, which was made with beef pastrami, Swiss cheese, all pressed on a French baguette. The beef pastrami was delicious, and made this much more tender and juicy than the standard French dip. It didn't even need the au jus on the side, but of course I dipped it anyway!


          The Fiance ordered the Shepard's pie, which I stole a few bites of. The conbination of ground beef, potatoes, and gravy was exactly what you'd hope for when ordering a dish like this-comfort food at its best.


           We didn't have room for dessert, but brought home a growler of caber toss, a full bodied ale with just a hint of hoppiness. It was perfect to drink at home, and now that I know they do growlers to go I'll definitely stop by more often!

John Harvard's Brew House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato