Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ribelle (Boston, MA)

Trying to find all the best restaurants in Boston, I jumped at a Gilt City deal for a tasting menu at Ribelle in Brookline. Ribelle is a small restaurant by chef Tim Maslow, a Momofuku alum. By the way, if you've never bought any voucher from Gilt City, you can get 25% off your first purchase using this link.

While waiting for my friends to arrive, I spent time at the bar with the Hip Replacement (Laphroaig, lime, salt, burnt cinnamon, $13), a nice cocktail with plenty of the components I like: smoke and citrus.


Our dinner started strong with some South Bay Blonde oysters with shiso ice. I'm really digging the briny East Coast oysters and these sweet oysters from Cape Cod are no exception.

We had a wonderful salad of Macoun apples, stracciatella, mustard frill, nori.
I can't think of a time I've had apples better and sweeter than these so I had to look them up. The macoun apple is a Fall fruit (yes, I'm behind on blogging and I had this meal in the fall) and is known to be especially sweet and juicy. It really was sweet and paired so well with the creaminess of the stracciatella.

Halibut, squash, tarragon, squid ink
Another great dish with a delicate halibut hidden beneath the crisp layers of squash. The broth that it sat in was wonderfully savory.

Pappardelle, bolognese, kale, pork rinds
This was a simple but nice pasta dish, with the richness of the bolognese balanced by the lemon-dressed kale.
One of my friends said this was sort of Ribelle's "signature dish", though, and I wondered if that was really the case, as I was more wowed by my earlier courses that this one.

Pear cremeux, blue cheese, cashew, nibs, malt, grapefruit
This dessert was strange to me, and not in a good way. The refreshing note of the pear disappears in the thick cremeux and the dessert felt like an amalgamation of all things thick and creamy. There wasn't enough contrast it it.

1665 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 232-2322
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