Sunday, November 17, 2013

Beat Hotel

Yes, that was us at Beat Hotel recently photographing the Ribs.  And the long bar with lots of wine on tap. And the jazz musicians.  And every little detail that we noticed but never really have time to fully capture unless we might be in the place alone.  And alone we were not.

Live music is an integral part of this funky Harvard Square bistro that seems to draw a bohemian crowd that is distinctly, well, Harvard Square.  Housed in the former The Tannery space, beneath street level, the room has been impressively opened up and seems to be the perfect setting.  Owned and operated by the same group who run The Beehive, this spot seems to somehow be more fitting for the kind of place which could become a regular haunt, perfect for stopping in after work with friends.

Here we are with those ribs, which were succulent, rich in flavor and not at all dry, which sometimes ribs can be. Truly a melt-in-your-mouth treat.

Duck Salad with Celery, Fennel, Pear Walnuts and Pecorino.

I went with the Seared Duck Breast with Corn Pudding and Cherry Sauce.  The duck was quite good.  The pudding was more like a quiche with corn kernels, very light and eggy.  It was okay but not at all the heavier texture I was expecting, a true pudding made with cornmeal.

The Orecchiette Pasta with Broccoli Rabe, Pest and Sausage.

Braised Beef Brisket with Sweet Potatoes and Petit Brussel Sprouts.

The changing dessert menu offered us some very nice tastes of Apple Cheesecake and Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel ice cream.  Both nice.

I'm guessing that Beat Hotel will probably, like it's sister The Beehive, become a destination not famous for it's food but as a cool place to meet up and hang out with friends and listen to live music and, as that, it's a welcome addition to Harvard Square.

13 Brattle Street
Harvard Square
Cambridge, MA  02138
Telephone:  617.499.0001

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