Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Marliave

This Fridays lunch brought me to The Marliave located at 10 Bosworth Street nestled in the heart of Downtown Crossing. The restaurant building itself is over 135 years old and was first home to a restaurant opened by French Immigrant Henry Marliave in 1885. Then during prohibition it served as a speakeasy and after that a mediocre (so I've read) Italian-American restaurant. The fourth and current incarnation of Marliave has been open for almost three years now; housing a lively bar paying homage to the speakeasy era with cracked mosaic floors and pressed tin walls. The top level where we were seated for lunch is home to a refined dining room that keeps in line with the black and white color scheme noticed throughout the other floors. Last time I was here I pulled up a seat at their crowded bar and enjoyed a couple of the noteworthy cocktails. This time around I was thrilled to finally check out the upstairs space and what the kitchen had to offer.I should also mention that Friday was Adam's birthday, and I was treating him to a spontaneous late birthday lunch! We started with cocktails - their large laminated menu giving us a plethora of options from which to choose. I tried the Yellow Journalism ($10) which looks fairly plain but proves to be a tasty libation with Clear Creak Pear Eau-De-Vie, Licor 43, Mionetto Prosecco and lemon. Adam approved of his Warren G. Harding ($10) with Old Overholt Rye, lemon and mint A simple plate of olive oil with green olives and some slices of soft bread were delivered shortly after we placed our order and inhaled just as quickly. We started the meal each with a piping hot bowl of Henry's Soup ($10). It came served in a deep white china bowl resembling a mini cauldron plated over a charming white doyle. The French Onion soup is loaded with sweet caramelized onions, a hearty crouton and thick melted Gruyere cheese. Most notably, tender bites of short ribs lace the broth taking a classic soup and elevating it to something even more incredible. Definitely one of the better French Onions I have had and the perfect first course to warm up with on a dreary and annoyingly cold and windy Friday afternoon. For his main course Adam ordered the Mussles ($12) farm raised, roasted tomatoes, garlic and parsley. He definitely enjoyed his birthday lunch, minus the roasted tomatoes! (I'll give him credit for trying one, but tomatoes are still something he can't seem to enjoy.) I ordered the salad simply labeled Beets ($12) which paired finely diced roasted beets with goat cheese, arugula, black olives and candied walnuts. A paper thin crosini balanced a top the compact beets, which were plated to resembled that of a typical looking tuna tartare. I thought it was a polished and creative presentation. The creamy and tangy goat cheese and the sweet crunchy walnuts added some great texture and initially helped balance out the strong presence of the beets. However by the end of lunch I felt slightly overwhelmed by the many beets left that lacked enough of the contrasting elements to sustain the balance of the dish the entire way through. Our waitress was pleasant and the kitchen timed our courses perfectly; granted there were not many clientele in the dining room, but still something to note.
Marliave is a gem of an establishment where the DTX/Financial District crowd can enjoy a leisurely lunch or some after work cocktails; I'm almost positive the working professionals in the area would agree. But even if you don't work in the vicinity, Marliave is likely worth venturing downtown for.

10 Bosworth Street
Boston, MA 02108
Marliave Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

20 comments:

  1. That soup is amazing. I definitely don't go to the financial district enough - this place looks wonderful!

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  2. That soup looks fabulous! What a great birthday lunch for Adam. Wish him happy belated birthday for me!

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  3. Yay lunch series! :) That beet salad looks so pretty, but I totally feel you on being disappointed by an uneven balance of the elements.

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  4. cool! i always walk by that place and wonder what the deal is! beautiful presentation with the beets!

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  5. I went there for brunch and had a great meal - I loved the dishes, like the one your soup came in...Your post reminds me I need to do a return trip!

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  6. I love Marliave! It's so funny - Ryan and I got the exact same drinks when we went. Great minds, and all :)

    That French onion soup looks amazing. Will definitely need to try!

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  7. i went her for restaurant week last year...i LOVED it. The food was so good and they had their entire menu on the rest. week list, which is awesome.

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  8. The soups looks to die for!! But hmmmm... did I miss the dessert?? ;-) You always tell us about the dessert you had!!

    Happy Tuesday Dear! xo

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  9. I have yet to visit Marliave! I want that yellow journalism drink...

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  10. I adore finding places like this ... the food looks great but what really gets me is the story and history this place holds ... amazing! :)

    ♥ Cat brideblu

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  11. Happy Birthday Adam! Even though you weren't blown away, I'm glad to read you got to experience the food and what Marliave has to offer. The soup does look delicious (even though I don't eat meat). =)

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  12. that soup is calling my name...oh my!

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  13. Everything looks fantastic! Great review.

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  14. Did they recently change their drink menu? I got a really good aviation (aptly name The Amelia Earhart) last time I was there but I don't think it's on the menu any more. Either way, definitely one of my favorite spots! Will definitely have to try that soup!

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  15. I love it when a restaurant has a good drinks and equally good food. It makes picking a place for dinner that much easier. Shame about the beets though, hopefully they will take note :)

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  16. oh my gosh, I am drooling over that soup!

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  17. The Marliave was one of my favorite lunch spots when I used to work around the corner. Happy belated birthday Adam!

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  18. French onion soup with short ribs? Interesting idea. It must add some depth of flavor.

    Fair and balanced write up.

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  19. i can't get past that soup :) yum!!

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  20. French onion soup with shortribs floating in the broth? I have to file that away -- gonna have to try it myself :)

    I love your restaurant reviews. I feel like you cover every detail I would want to know about a place before dining there....
    miss you xoxo

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