Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Waypoint




Chef Michael Scelfo has done it again. Get yourself to his new restaurant Waypoint, and without a doubt, order the Uni Bucatini and the King Crab. There are some dishes that manage to get an entire city buzzing, and these are two of them

In an unassuming, sort of hidden subterranean industrial space on Mass Ave between Harvard and Central squares, Waypoint lures fans of Alden + Harlow with contemporary seafood focused plates and an absinthe centric bar menu. There's so much more than two of us could try in one visit -  like crudos and caviar and clam pizza. It's an experience much like the Choose Your Own Adventure Books that the checks come delivered in; no matter which way the menu inspires you to tailor your order, you won't be disappointed

The interior is warmly lit by a distinctive neon green fish sign and a parade of hand blown glass lamps. Large and small booths tuck perfectly into cozy spaces, while communal high tops front the space between the bar and the open kitchen. Creamy marble table tops and gorgeous herringbone inlaid walls catch my eye. It's a space that is both buzzing and soothing all at once.

As far as the aforementioned dishes go - the intensely comforting Uni Bucatini ($18) offers thrilling heaps of sweet uni, a runny smoked egg yolk, pecorino crumbles and bottarga shavings among hollow strands of the al dente pasta. Plump and fresh King Crab ($22) is piled atop a heavenly chili garlic oil, a creamy brown butter aoili, and toasty black rice; lending playful, contrasting textures and harmonizing flavors. Meanwhile, our other two dishes are not to be overlooked. Grilled Monkfish Cheeks with squid inked eggplant and kohlrabi salsa verde, along with a Squid Ink Gemelli ($17) with benton's ham, swordfish lardo, smoked pignola + pecorino crumble prove all of Waypoint's alluring coastal cuisine dishes will shine. 

Being on a mezcal kick I passed up the tales of absinthe section and went with a house original called Portside ($12) with mezcal, manzanilla sherry, pickled cherry pepper, honey + lime. It's smokey yet balanced with a little fiery kick. Later on, a really funky, seafood-friendly wine appropriate for fans of sour beer, the Denavolo "Dinavolino" ($15) from Emilia-Romagna, Italy is a delicious, unexpected discovery. 

Waypoint
1030 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Waypoint Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

5 comments:

  1. I NEED to get here. And revisit Alden & Harlow. Now that we're home, my must-visit restaurants list is getting so long!

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  2. So excited to see what you had. I have a reservation the first week of January! Can't wait to experience it.

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  3. Everything looks so delicious! I so want to try that Uni Bucatini- yum!
    xoxo, Jenna
    Boston Chic Party

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  4. Waypoint shot up to the top of my favorites this year. Hope to see more of you in 2017! xo

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  5. Yummm! beautiful photos AND writeup!

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