Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Charcuterie and Vegetables Showcase at BISq (Cambridge, MA)

The popular Bergamot Restaurant opened a more casual sister restaurant near my apartment in Inman Square. I had walked past BISq many times in Inman Square, and I finally had the perfect opportunity to try it when I saw a Groupon for a 6-course tasting menu for $30 per person! I hadn't used Groupon for a while but recently I took a look around and saw that they actually have some great restaurant deals in Boston. I convinced my roommate to join me for dinner one night.

Our tasting menu starts off with some grilled avocado, grapefruit, frisee, salumi jam, peppercorn vinaigrette
I love avocado so this was a great starter for me, but the star of the dish was really the salumi jam. Yes, really, it's "jam" made with salumi instead of fruits!

Herb-marinated beets, raita, fennel, sunflower seed granola

It was unusual to have beets paired with spicy flavors as in this dish.

King oyster mushroom carpaccio, queso verde, red cabbage, peanuts, omelette, soy-ginger dressing 

This was my favorite dish of the night. A thin slice of king oyster mushroom is topped with small cubes of egg omelette, peanuts, and a bold queso verde.

Charcuterie board: grilled scrapple, liverwurst, morcilla, chicken liver mousse
Bergamot is well known for their charcuterie, so we can expect the same quality here at BISq. The surprising hit was the grilled scrapple.

Finishing off the savory courses was a piece of nicely grilled pork loin wtih potatoes 

Dessert charcuterie: lemon bar, chocolate salami, apricot peach pate de fruit, honeycomb with white chocolate, on a bed of "chex"

My favorite was the lemon bar which perfectly wrapped up the meal. I enjoyed the honeycomb but being brittle, it was a hard piece to split between two people.

The tasting was a great introduction to BISq and was certainly a good deal. For fans of Bergamot, BISq offers a more casual dining option with small plates that maintain Bergamot's seasonality and inventiveness, coupled with an interesting wine list.

1071 Cambridge St
Cambridge, MA
(617) 714-3693
BISq Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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