Friday, April 27, 2012

The Gallows does it again

A spontaneous double date night brought Adam and I and our friends to The Gallows where between the four of us we made quite a dent in the cocktail (and beer) menu, I finally got to try the Scotch Egg, our entrees were top notch, and I completely fell in love with their signature dessert. It was one of those meals that kept making its way back into our conversations all weekend long (how good everything was, how much fun we had), and not unlike the last time we were there, left us eagerly anticipating our next visit. 
The waitress recommended a couple great cocktails; I let her favorites dictate my choices and started out with The Healer ($10) which I learned is one of their original originals, containing rye, mead, bitters and lemon. Also pictured is the Fortune's Find ($10) made with kumquat, gin, lemon and simple syrup. I adore their cocktail names, where they spark intrigue, they also make sense when you think about it! The Healer was soothing and comforting, yet strong, and the Fortune's Find felt like just that, a real gem. 
We shared a number of snack plates, beginning with the Scotch Egg ($6), soft boiled with a just-runny-enough yolk, cradled by a gentle layer of sausage, enveloped in a crispy fried breading. Still something of a novelty to me, this dish impressively captures the essence of breakfast in a neatly packaged bite. The Pulled Pork Corn Muffins ($6) have me convinced that all corn muffins should come stuffed with flavorful, meaty hunks of pulled pork and topped with perfectly ripe slices of avocado. The Fava and Sopressata Crostini ($6) layered thin strands of the dry Italian salami over a mash up of fava beans meets fava puree. This was an interesting pair, it didn't have me swooning quite as much as the pulled pork meets corn muffin, but it was a bite that honored the bright, springy fava bean and one worth ordering of you are a fan of either ingredient. 
The "Brontosaurus" Short Rib  is literally a bone the size of the quoted prehistoric creature. Definitely the largest short rib I've seen, those who ordered it remark that its difficult to cut off the bone, which isn't to say there's anything wrong with the meat, there's just a lot of it. As short ribs often imply fall off the bone, The Gallows version strays from that notion but still delivers tender, tasty meat. Both agreed it was very good, as was the small bite I tasted, which permeated with Asian flavors, a sweet and sour glaze and nuoc cham. Served alongside is a spicy green papaya salad.
My Udon Primavera ($25) comes with the plumpest, freshest, most vibrantly colored green peas, asparagus spears and fava beans, as well sharp radishes, beckoning from within slippery coils of Japanese noodles. I wanted to dive in face first, considering how long those noodles were, I pretty much did. Bathing in a deep, earthy mushroom dashi, the cream of the primavera crop (in Italian, that means springtime!) of vegetables are simply radiant. And my only complaint about the poached egg on top was that there wasn't nearly enough bites of it. We were stuffed, but I'm so glad we ordered dessert. Rum soaked bananas come buried among the smoothest, creamiest peanut butter and chocolate in the Bananas Foster Chocolate Peanut Butter Fluffernutter Brulee ($7). Enhancing the decadence is a perfectly torched layer of thick, gooey marshmallow fluff. My friend (who has had this before) still thinks that it needs something else, something crispy or crunchy, something to offset the creamy texture, but, I think its just about perfect as is. It swiftly joins the ranks as one of my favorite desserts in Boston, right up there with Oleana's Baked Alaska.
And same goes for The Gallows overall. I can't get enough of this place!

*Special thanks to Gretchen and Derek for their iPhone lighting skills. My pictures in the dark space would have been nothing without their efforts!*

24 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I've never been for a meal at Gallows, it's definitely on my list though. That udon bowl looks insane!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

What a great double date night! I've got to get back to the Gallows - it's been way too long and I don't even think the Scotch eggs or the udon were on the menu. They look awesome!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I am long overdue for a repeat visit to the Gallows. I can never tell what I like more...their cocktails or their awesome food menu!

In and Around Town said...

I have been for the burger, and it was amazing - this review reminds me why I need to go back and explore more of the menu! Looks like such a great meal!

Gretchen said...

Those photos look great for iphone lighting! Thanks for joining us for a rare date night, it was so fun!

Shannon said...

that place has definitely impressed me the few times i've been! pulled pork corn muffin with avocado? wow. that udon primavera also looks stellar :)

Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

I still haven't been to the Gallows. That scotch egg looks insanely good!

Michelle Collins said...

Sounds like one successful meal! That brulee sounds incredible....

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

I want it all! that egg/sausage thing looks so good.

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I am seriously obsessed with the Gallows. Their burger with a fried oyster is especially craveable although next time I'll be sure to get the dessert! :)

MelissaNibbles said...

I'm dying to try a Scotch Egg. It sounds delicious!

Megan said...

The udon primavera looks amazing! What a great night out!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

OMG yuuuuuum!!!!!!

Emily@SimplyGourmetinSouthie said...

This meal looks so delicious! I just added the Gallows to my on-going list of restaurants to try!!

Kerstin said...

Yum! I'd love to try those short ribs!

Bake-A-Holic said...

I would love to try the creme brulee! It looks so interesting and delicious. Gallows looks like a fun place.

Sacha said...

I'm still thinking about that Scotch Egg and am wishing we ordered the pulled pork muffins, too -- they look amazing! I've just been that once, but the Gallows is definitely one of those places I could picture myself visiting every other week.

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Ameena said...

I would want to bathe in those noodles too....they look delicious.

You go to the best places Daisy!

Meghan said...

Everything looks amazing!

Colleen @ Culinary Colleen said...

Wow, I really need to try this place. I would like that scotch egg immediately!

meesh said...

i just tried the gallows for the first time in a long time as well and they are definitely on top of their game right now!

Lin @ BeantownEats said...

Ever since our brunch visit, I've been wanting to go back for dinner. Jon and I loved our brunch cocktails so I think we really need to try some other ones very soon!

MOLLY GALLER said...

Wow! I've never been to the Gallows and your meal looks incredible! I want that pasta, pea and egg dish! Also "The Healer" is a great name for a cocktail. Surely any dessert with a five word name must be good!