Friday, October 28, 2011

Matt Murphy's Pub: Familiar Dishes, Recreated

There’s a certain charm, an almost disarming seduction, about a restaurant that takes food we all know and love and shows us a whole different side of it.  It’s a brilliant, really: we’re lured through the door with the promise of familiar dishes, and then sit a captive audience to the ensuing parade of creativity, as our culinary favorites trade up their old baseball caps for top hats and fascinators, or exchange silk sashes for warm woolen scarves—whatever the case may be.
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Friday, October 21, 2011

vegetable lasagna, deconstructed

I'll be honest here.  This deconstructed vegetable lasagna is only partly representative of what we've been eating in the past couple of weeks—due in part to the advent of apple cider-season and therefore, in my mind, the graceful exit of eggplant season, but mostly due to the fact that for nearly a week our refrigerator was filled to bursting with leftovers from Heidi's and Bill's wedding (you remember Heidi, from the purple bridal shower?), which is really just one of the many perks that come with having them for roommates.

But let me not pooh-pooh this faux-lasagna before you've even tried it, because it stole the show one evening, and, like a first date where everything just seems to click, I haven't been able to get it out of my mind since.  Roasted eggplant, garlicky tomatoes, creamy ricotta... it might be time for a second date.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Elephant Walk: Plagued by Inconsistency

When a restaurant has thrived in Boston as long as the Elephant Walk, winning accolades and opening two new locations since opening in 1991, it earns a certain notoriety.  People talk about the Elephant Walk, and I’ve heard it all: the mix of French and Cambodian menus that reflect the owners’ international upbringings; the reputation for extensive vegetarian and gluten-free options; the amazing tastes of the food.

But what I found, over multiple visits, was an inconsistency in food and service, and a startling duality between reality and a longstanding reputation.
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