Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Abbey

My girlfriends and I arrived at 1657 Beacon Street in Washington Square on a warm Friday evening, stepping into a dim lit space roaring with conversation; we had decided to check out The AbbeyThe restaurant formerly occupied by Dalia's Bistro and Wine Bar's intimate velvet booths, rich chocolate wood table tops, gray walls and carpeted floors is completely redone with exposed brick walls and gleaming hardwood floors. Its opening no secret, The Abbey was already packed with patrons.
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.
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19 comments:

  1. I went there Saturday night with some girlfriends. We also enjoyed our food, drinks, and beers.

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  2. That bison bolognese looks amazing! I think I need a trip there!

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  3. nice recap! i had plans to head there friday night too but ended up staying in cause i was pooped after a long week. but it's right in my neighborhood and i'm sooo excited it opened so close to home! :) [chels]

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  4. Ooooh the apps look phenomenal. I'm glad to see something different in that area!

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  5. The Abbey looks great! My heart seriously skipped a beat when I saw the fried haloumi cheese...and I'm dying to try bison sometime!

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  6. Nice write-up! I would go there just for the fried haloumi cheese!

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  7. Yum! I loved Dahlia's but if it had to close, I am glad such a yummy looking place opened up. I love that area of Brookline, looking forward to trying it!

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  8. Wow that food looks great. Cocktails don't look bad, either!

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  9. So glad you reviewed this already. The drink menu looks fabulous and the food looks great!! I can't wait to check it out as it's just a short walk away for me :)

    Sues

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  10. egg whites in a cocktail!? you never cease to amaze me with your bold unique drink choices!

    one question though, did it taste eggy??

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  11. I was so close to you Friday night! But we opted to try a columbian restaurant in brighton! Looks like a fun delicious night with great company : )

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  12. I must get my hands on some parmesan fries. Seriously, I have never seen or had any and I don't think Helsinki has them. I must go hunting for those delicious fries :P

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  13. looks like a great place for a meal and cocktails

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  14. Nice! There used to be a restaurant in Atlanta called The Abbey, and it actually was a converted Abbey. This looks way cooler, though, that place was lame, touristy and overpriced. Can't wait to hear about spa day and bachelorette! XX!

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  15. Oh that place looks great - I especially want to devour those fries!

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  16. I love what an adventurous eater you are Daisy! I think I would have gone crazy with those steak fries alone!

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  17. MMM - I also love the look of that bolognese...and I'm such a sucker for a plate of french fries.

    I'd love to check that place out!!

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