Boston Restaurant Blog -- January, 2010
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
The South End of Boston has been known as a real hot spot for dining over the years, with a mix of trendy places, high-end restaurants, and ethnic spots offering all kinds of options for diners. I have been to a number of places in the neighborhood, but for some reason I never got over to the Metropolis Cafe on Tremont Street even though I have probably walked by it more than 100 times. Well, we finally did check out this casual, upscale eatery (which is part of the Aquitaine Group) a couple of weeks ago, and were greatly impressed by the food there.
Located on one of the main thoroughfares of the South End, the Metropolis Cafe is a small place (like so many other restaurants in the neighborhood), with dining areas to the left and right of the door and a wine bar in the middle with a few seats. The feel of Metropolis is generally cozy and seductive, though the romantic ambiance is offset a bit by the relatively high noise level and tight seating. Candlelit tables, deep red walls, large windows looking out over the street, and an ancient-looking mosaic tile floor add a lot of character to the space. The menu focuses on Mediterranean cuisine (including French and Italian dishes), with perhaps a bit of a lean toward New American fare.
After munching on some fresh bread with roasted garlic and sipping on some hefeweizen beer, we ordered a couple of soups and our entrees. The soups were wonderful, with the hearty butternut squash bisque bursting flavor and the roasted chestnut soup having a mix of sweet and earthy tastes. Our meals arrived a few minutes after we finished our soups, and one of the entrees turned out to be perhaps one of the five best dishes I've in the past year or so. It is difficult to describe how good the bucatini carbonara was, with its delightfully chewy hollowed-out pasta combining with egg, cheese, and pork to produce an almost impossibly rich-tasting dish. The creamy chicken and mushroom risotto was also an impressive entree, though the chicken had a little too much gristle for my liking. Service was businesslike but efficient, while prices really weren't all that bad for the kind of food we had (nothing on the menu is more than $20).
The year is young, but the bucatini carbonara that we tried at the Metropolis Cafe will likely be among the best dishes of 2010 for me, with the soups being not too far behind. This will definitely be a place I'll be returning to soon, perhaps trying the weekend brunch the next time around.
For those who want the address for the Metropolis Cafe, here it is: Metropolis Cafe, 584 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02118. The phone number is (617) 247-2931.
So glad to see your review! I too have walked by a number of times and have not yet eaten at The Metropolis! Can't wait to try! Were there veggie options?
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