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Soon to open South End restaurant, SRV, hosts two pop ups this week

South End restarantSRV (Serene Republic of Venice) is a soon to open South End, Italian restaurant. To build interest SRV will host two Pop Ups this week to offer you a “sip and a taste” of what is to come.

SRV Chefs will host the first Pop Up at the Central Square restaurant Brick and Mortar on Wednesday, September 30th from 10 pm until Midnight.  Guests may sample: nervetti fritti-beef tenderloin, black pepper and parmesan; scallop crudo; baby octopus; cippolini; and baccala montecato-black bread, herbs and garlic. The second Pop Up will take place at the South End restaurant, Toro on Thursday, October 1 from 10 pm until Midnight where guests may sample polpette-pork and veal meatballs; soft boiled quail eggs; and baccala montecato- black bread, herbs and garlic.

The small bites at both Pop Ups are complimentary and will include a cash bar, featuring signature cocktails from SRV.

SRV is now targeting a November opening at 569 Columbus Ave in the South End.

Kitchen in South End is now a “New England Seafood” restaurant

Scott Herritt Kitchen is a cute little restaurant in the South End. When it first opened a few years back, chef and owner, Scott Herritt created a menu that paid tribute to mid-20th century cuisine (think Lobster Thermidor). While I salute Herritt’s creativity, I never found the menu appealing and only visited a couple of times.

Last week Boston Restaurant Talk reported that Kitchen has rebranded itself as a local seafood restaurant; focusing on New England seafood. The menu includes items like Portuguese fisherman stew, fried haddock sandwich, lobster casserole, etc… as well as a few non-seafood items like their double bacon cheeseburger and short ribs). You can check out their new menu here.

The South End could use a few more seafood restaurants; right now B&G is really the only option. Bravo Chef Herrit. I will definitely check out your new menu.

Dinner Lab pop up dinner in Boston, Oct 3

Chef Tan UckanSaturday, October 3rd Dinner Lab partners with Bombay Sapphire gin to host a pop-up restaurant for foodies in Boston.  Dinner Lab is a members-only supper club that operates in 25+ cities around the US that connects adventurous diners with rising star chefs for an unique dining experience.

The forthcoming dinner in Boston will also showcase creative cocktails with two specialty pre-dinner drinks that Chef Uckan will have designed personally to whet your appetite.  To attend you must become a member (membership fee is $175). I have no affiliation with Dinner Lab and have not attended an event previously, but if you have attended or do end up going, please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment in this post.


Yogurt soup | pulled lamb shoulder | spicy kale root |fresh herbs

Fresh herb & bulgur salad | roasted & spiced pepper |pomegranate seed | molasses glaze

Crispy eggplant | oven roasted vegetable ragout |tomato sauce | crème fraîche

Oglak Kebabi
Roasted goat | charred eggplant | pickled red cabbage| pea pureé & poppy seed

Dondurmali Irmik Helvasi
Semolina halva | vanilla ice cream | walnut & pistachio stuffed fig

An American in Havana: The food

food, dining, havana, cubaPrior to arriving in Cuba I kept hearing that the food ranged from bland to bad. And that is exactly how I would describe some of the food we had while visiting, but the good news is there are some really good restaurants. Rather than focusing on the disappointing meals, I thought I’d highlight two of my favorite.

dining, food, cuba, havana, old havanaThe day we spent walking through Old Havana we had lunch at Paladar Dona Eutimia.  The tiny hole-in-a-wall restaurant with a front patio little bigger than a postage stamp actually had a bit of a wait so we put our names in and walked to El Patio Restaurante, (which I would recommend for drinks).  After having a cocktail followed by complimentary shots of Cuban rum at El Patio, we were more than ready for our lunch.  The good news is that the handsome host / manager took a liking to our table and ended up waiting on us.  After he heard our American accents and jovial demeanor more rum seemed to materialize so while I’ll admit I had a good rum buzz going, I can assure you the food was as delicious as it was affordable. The majority of appetizers range in price from $2 – $4 and main plates range from $7 – $12.

Unfortunately my ‘rum buzz’ meant that I was too stimulated to remember to take photographs of our meal.  Although as you can see at the start (before all that rum) I remembered to take a picture of the menu (see above).  The food was fairly simple – think of it as ‘home style Cuban’ – but it was really delicious.  I ended up ordering the Suprema de Pollo Grille (grilled chicken breast) for $7.00.   All meals came with large bowls of rice, beans and fried plantains. Needless to say we all left very satisfied.

dining, havana, cubaBy contrast the dinner I would like to share was much more chic.  El Cocinero is located in the Vedado neighborhood in a space that was formerly a vegetable oil factory. They have a beautiful outdoor dining room patio on the second floor as well as a small indoor dining room (see photo) that has an urban vibe.  If you climb to the top of the building’s roof deck, you can get food (although it is not the full dining room menu) and drinks under the night sky in Havana.  The night we were there the roof deck was full of foreigners and well-heeled Cubans sipping cocktails, enjoying their food and listening to a great DJ.  I didn’t take notes on the price of the plates we ordered but dinner which included starters, main dishes, dessert and (lots of) cocktails came out to $30 per person.

dining, havana, cuba

Blog posts from this series:
Post 1: An American in Havana
Post 2: An American in Havana: The Cuban people
Post 3: An American in Havana: The architecture
Post 4: An American in Havana: Old Havana
Post 5: An American in Havana: The food
Post 6: An American in Havana: The cars

Soon to open Boston restaurants

Eater BostonLast week Eater Boston shared the details on 25 restaurants that are planning to open this fall in Greater Boston in their post, The Boston Restaurant Opening Guide, Fall 2015.

For those of you who don’t want to read the long post here are some highlights. Two restaurants in the South End will open (both interestingly enough are Italian). The first is The Aquitaine Group’s newest restaurant, La Motta’s which is described as “Bronx-style” Italian-American restaurant.  La Motta has a mid-September target opening and will be in the space formerly known as Union.  The second restaurant, SRV (Serene Republic of Venice), describes themselves as a wine bar on the FB page. This restaurant comes from Coda Group and targets an October opening on Columbus Ave near Mass Ave.

South End Charlie's Sandwich ShoppeWhat is missing from EaterBoston’s list and which I had fully expected to see is news that Charlie’s Sandwich Shoppe’s reopening. After serving the South End for nearly 90 years the owners closed their neighborhood restaurant.  Weeks after that announcement last summer news came that the owner of Stella had purchased the space and planned to remodel and upgrade the space before reopening under the same name.  There has been painfully little news since then. Anyone aware of what is going on or when this too may re-open in the South End?

Dîner en Blanc is returning to Boston on September 10th

Source: Boston Herald, Diner en Blanc Boston 2012

Source: Boston Herald, Diner en Blanc Boston 2012

Dîner en Blanc has been a tradition in Paris since 1988, when Francois Pasquier invited a handful of friends to meet for dinner at the Bois de Boulogne and he asked them to wear white so it would be easy to identify each another.  That dining event has grown into an international dining phenomenon, which will be returning to Boston on September 10th, but getting tickets to this event isn’t all that easy with thousands (yes you read that correctly) seeking an invite through the dinner’s Facebook page.

The event is one part dinner and one part fashion as everyone wears white from head to toe, snubbing protocol by wearing white after Labor Day.  It also looks to be quite fun, judging by the photographs. According to the Boston Herald article, there are more than 1,000 people on the waiting list, but maybe you’ll get lucky. Sign up at bos

Johnny D’s in Davis Square will close next year

Johnny Ds Davis Square SomervilleJohnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Davis Square will close in early 2016 after operating for nearly 50 years so its owner can convert the 3,900-square-foot space into a multi-story building.  Johnny D’s surprising announcement comes on the heels of T.T. the Bear’s Place which will close later this week, after more than 40 years in Cambridge.

While I’ve not been to Johnny D’s in years, I loved their weekend brunch and viewed the place as a permanent fixture for that neighborhood.  It is sad to see another quirky venue closing.  Places like Johnny D’s has not only served to provide a stage for big names, but it also was a venue for many local acts.  For the sake of Boston’s live music scene, I hope this is not the start of a trend.

The Boston Globe has a more detailed story about the pending closure, here.