I just wanted to write a quick little ditty about the amazing birthday dinner I had last week in Cambridge, MA. David was on restaurant-detail, and he called upon a friend's expertise on Boston area restaurants for help in scouting out a special, but not superfancy, restaurant. She gave him a handful of recommendations and we visited each website so we could make an educated decision for the birthday dinner.
I knew T.W. Food was "the one" as soon as I viewed the website. The simplicity of the site and food photographs on the main page drew me in. The discovery that the menu changes daily, the fact that EVERYTHING is house-made, and the information about the husband and wife team that run the restaurant solidified my decision. We made an early reservation...3 1/2 hours after we arrived at the restaurant, we left feeling happy and full (but not in a bad way!)
The food, wine, and atmosphere was wonderful. We invited along another couple, and we all chose the Prix Fixe option. (I tried to convince everyone that we should go for the Grand Tasting, a six-course meal with option of a wine pairing, but no one seemed up to the challenge.) Some of us could not make up our minds on what to order, so we supplemented the three courses with more food. Hey, it was my birthday, right?!
The meal began with an amuse bouche of mushroom ice cream....seriously rich, and not something I'll be craving in the future, but certainly an intriguing start to what proved to be an amazing meal. We dined on house cured meats, country pates, homemade pickled turnips, pork jowl, and I even tried the blood sausage. That was the first course. Then, there was the swiss and rainbow chard gratin (which I'd like to recreate somehow), a creamy and rich fresh garlic soup, a beef tartare, and a farmer's salad. For entrees, I don't remember exactly what everyone ordered, but I selected a fish dish that was tasty, although I was starting to feep pretty full, and needed to save room for dessert! I had the chocolate budino, which is like a thick mousse, topped with olive oil, sea salt, and hazelnuts. The hit of the evening was the dessert that the gentlemen at our table ordered...Scotch and Cigars...the description on the menu reads "dark chocolate mousse, tobacco infused crème anglaise, balvenie 12 year single malt scotch syrup". The next time I go to T.W. Food, you can bet I'll be getting my own Scotch and Cigars! It was one of the best desserts I've ever tasted.
If you're in the Boston area and have not yet checked out this restaurant, you must. And if you live far away, you should plan a weekend getaway to Boston and make this part of your itinerary.
Oh, and check out our friend and trusty Boston restaurant "guide"! Her name is Leah, and she's the Boston Sustainable Food Examiner. Thanks for the recommendation, Leah!