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 dishes. On 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.
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.