We put our names in with the maitre'd, snagged the next available seats to open up at the polished wood bar and ordered ourselves some wine. Once we were seated, the menu was perused in anticipation as the wine, cocktails and conversations continued to flow. I ordered a Galliano Sour ($10) Galliano, brandy, bitters, lemon juice, simple syrup and one egg white.
Unexpectedly more sweet compared to sour or bitter, I just now learned Gallliano is a sweet herbal Italian liqueur.We were served bread with a zesty garlic hummus and started with a few small appetizer plates. The Fried Halloumi Cheese ($4) is an unusual and tasty appetizer served with a tangy yogurt dipping sauce. Halloumi is made with sheeps and goats milk and can be pan-fried without melting. This creates an incredibly unique texture where the light crispy batter breaks exposing warm, dry and salty cheese crumbles. We enjoyed side dishes including the Spicy Julienned Snow Peas ($4.50) which were sauteed and flavored with a bold kick and an unpictured plate of Hoisin BBQ Broccoli ($4.50), also excellent. Our entrees were served when we realized the waitress forgot about our Lamb Lollipops, which was disappointing only for a minute. I was certainly excited to try the dish, but it seemed a blessing in disguise as the ladies and I knew we ordered plenty of food otherwise. We also shared a beautiful plate of crispy and well seasoned with parsley and parmesan Truffle Fries ($4.50), dipped in a side of roasted garlic mayo, which we absolutely loved!And for the finale of foods - my entree the Bison Bolognese ($17) served with fresh linguine and romano cheese was the just right portion size of a really excellent dish. Not too overwhelming, a thoughtful and fun presentation, I was thoroughly satisfied by the tender pasta and the plentiful chunks of ground bison.
The Abbey doesn't take reservations, but they are open for lunch, dinner, and late night eats so there is ample opportunity to check out the new digs. I used to live on Beacon and Englewood not to far up the road, so I'm impressed to see positive change and reasonably priced food in a neighborhood near and dear to my heart.