Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Blue Room


They have attracted a crowd of regulars for years now, nearly 20 years to be exact, when the area was from a culinary perspective, rather desolate. However, my recent dinner at The Blue Room felt like discovering a hidden gem in Cambridge's Kendall Square. This restaurant that had managed to escape my radar all this time left a lasting impression with impeccable service and polished, thoughtfully prepared dishesOn their subterranean patio embodying a rustic elegance flanked with a mash up of large blue flower pots and surrounded by eclectic greenery; the ladies and I were treated to complimentary sips and tastes throughout the evening in addition to the appetizers and entrees we chose. From the first taste of a luscious Cava Rosato paired with a terrific rendition of tangy, creamy cheese stuffed gougeres, to the addicting bite size rounds of crispy seared blood sausage served with Txtakoli, a sparkling wine from the Basque region of Spain (takes me right back to San Sebastian!) to a chilled tomato basil soup that embodied summer evening comfort, each gesture delighted and spoke to their hospitable nature and knowledge of food and wine pairings. 
We ordered two appetizers beginning with the One Perfect Cheese ($9) indeed it was, a accompanied by a house made rhubarb confiture and delicate crostini drizzled in olive oil. The Wood Grilled Octopus and Squid ($13) truly raised the bar on a favorite delicacy by pairing tender, lightly charred coils with a zesty aioli, red onion agrodolce, black olive oil and fingerling potato chips. At this point we've gotten into a bottle of Cremant de Loire Rose ($42) the non stop flow of pink bubbly a beautiful thing, my photos, however, suffering because of it. (Apologies! See the afternoons festivities here and here.) 

My entree of Buttered Farro ($19) was a generous portion with top notch ingredients including wild berkshire ramps and pistachios matched with a deliciously runny soft poached egg. And then their was dessert, prepared with just as much attention to detail. We ordered the Chocolate Terrine ($10) with rosemary ice cream, salted pistachios and olive oil caramel which was then accompanied by a trio of fruit infused sweets, their Blood Orange Parfait, Lemon Panna Cotta and Berry Sorbet. We paired the grand finale with an espresso each, and bid our outstanding waitress and lovely patio spot farewell as we made our way over to Naga in Central Square to commence the dancing portion of the evening. The Blue Room provided a truly memorable celebratory meal, that being said, this is not the type of place you need save for a special occasion to visit. Fairly priced with gracious hospitality in a sophisticated meets fun atmosphere, it's the type of place you'll want to visit often and again. 
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16 comments:

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I'm going to need to go back to the Blue Room just for that faro entree! Sounds incredible. As does the flowing pink bubbly!

In and Around Town said...

All the reviews you guys have done have been fantastic. The Blue Room has slid under the radar for me, but obviously I need to head over!

Megan said...

I'm so happy you enjoyed it. It's one of my favorites!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

Even though you were on the other end of the table as me, I so enjoyed our meal together at the Blue Room! xoxo

Ameena said...

Just the name of this restaurant alone makes me want to visit...such a classy place!

Great pics too.

Christina said...

The chocolate terrine sounds ridiculous. i love pistachios!

Michelle Collins said...

I love the Blue Room. After reading all you girls' posts, I need to go back there stat for dinner and drinks!

Amber said...

You seriously live near all the best restaurants. I try to be adventurous and try out new places near me, but they are all crap

Shannon said...

sounds awesome. i need to try that perfect cheese and farro dish!!

Meghan said...

Your entree was delicious. I had so much fun sitting next to you. :)

Simply Life said...

what a fun place- I'd love to try that farro!

Elizabeth said...

I would be all over that buttered farro. I need to get to the Blue Room

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

The farro looks SO good!

Tracey said...

I havent been to the Blue Room in years. This has inspired me to go back, especially for the Faro entree.

amanda l @ tales from a kitchen misfit said...

Yum! I've only been to the Blue Room for their amazing brunch, but dinner looks fantastic!

Amy U. said...

Those photos are unbelievable - missed you so much tonight!!!