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Sycamore, Newton Centre?

(Full disclosure, my roommate is the chef de cuisine at Sycamore, but I wouldn't rave about her restaurant if I didn't mean it. :)

I went on Sunday, and I agree with Walthamfoodman that it's a great place. It is cozy and warm with brick walls, simple light fixtures, and one room for the bar and one for the 30-something seat dining room. Service was very attentive and friendly.

We had the gougeres to start. They were light and airy but packed with flavor and served in a tiny red enameled pot. Then I had the parsnip soup with apples and crostini topped with smoked trout. The soup was silky and nicely seasoned, and the trout was melt in the mouth delicious. My brother ordered the Maine carrots with sformata, which ended up surprising both of us - it had the lovely, creamy, cheesy sformata along with a kind of salad of various carrots (different colors, some shaved, some julienned, some sliced) and herbs, and the contrasting components just worked beautifully together as well as looking lovely.

For entrees, I had the housemade boudin blanc which was nicely seared and delicious over flageolet bean puree and braised red cabbage. It was rich, flavorful, and rustic without being heavy. My brother had the choux farci, cabbage stuffed with at least three types of mushrooms, over polenta which he really enjoyed. And for dessert we had beignets with apple butter and creme anglaise. Again, a dish that was rich, but light and perfectly executed.

I expected to enjoy the meal, but I didn't expect it to be perfect, especially in the first week. But it really was excellent. I expect they will be booked pretty solid as word starts to get out.

Dec 27, 2012
ltlbird in Greater Boston Area

new restaurant in newton

It's called Sycamore, and they were hoping for a mid-October opening.

Sep 25, 2012
ltlbird in Greater Boston Area

Farmers' Markets & CSAs week of July 7th

I missed the boat on a CSA share this year, sadly. Now that the high yield months are upon us, is anyone finding they have more produce than they can use? I'd be happy to buy into a share. I live by myself, so a quarter share would be more than enough, probably. I'd be happy to help out with pickup, too. A JP or Brookline pickup would be ideal.

Jul 08, 2008
ltlbird in Greater Boston Area