A Tremont 647 follow-up

[I apologize for how horribly late this post is… which is about a month late. Yikes. Better late than never, right?]

This past Sunday, the household went on a field trip to Tremont 647, in the South End, Boston, to participate in Restaurant Week.

The main factors for going there were 1) location – it’s about a 10 minute walk from Back Bay station and 2) the unusually long menu options for Restaurant Week.

Appetizers

Rare Tuna Niçoise 647
pastrami spice crusted tuna, egg & niçoise olive tapenade, local greens

Mini Grilled Cheese & Tomato Sammy with Tomato Gazpacho
Vermont goat cheese, local tomatoes

Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho with Poached Lobster
toasted pine nuts, fresh herbs

Nesenkeag Farms’ Field Greens Salad
house-made ricotta, fresh melon, melon-basil vinaigrette

Zucchini Match Stick Salad
candied walnuts, fresh herbs, parmesan

Grilled Shrimp Taco
mango salsa , salsa verde, salsa roja

South-East Asian Seafood Salad
grilled tuna, salmon, & shrimp, Thai basil, mangoes, Vietnamese vinaigrette

***SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY BONUS***
Lobster Enchiladas
salsa, refried beans, farmers cheese

Shrimp & Broccoli Raab Stuffed Porchetta
wilted spinach, rosemary jus

Entrees

Thai Grilled Salmon
roasted pork, Thai basil & ginger salad, steamed rice.

Andy’s BBQ Sampla’
pulled pork, 1st place ribs, cornbread, bbq’d beans, coleslaw

Lobster Pad Thai
julienne veggies, toasted peanuts, bean sprouts

Moroccan Style Roasted Half Chicken
Israeli cous cous, sweet pepper harissa, sweet & sour glazed eggplant

Three Tastes of Summer
Sweet Potato & Caramelized Corn Cake, Heirloom Tomato & Quinoa Salad, Garlicky Green Beans

***SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY BONUS***
Lobster Mac n’ Cheese
Ritz cracker crumb topping

647 Surf n’ Turf
braised flank steak stuffed with lobster tails & shrimp, with hominy, salsa roja, glazed bananas

Dessert

Peach Cobbler
Bourbon cream, hot caramel

Mexican Chocolate Cake
papaya coulis, vanilla bean whipped cream

***SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY BONUS***
Triple Chocolate Layered Mousse
warm chocolate cookies

I think this is what everyone had:
Asano-mama: lobster enchilada, the burger (which is not listed on the website), and the Mexican chocolate cake.
Plumduff: South-East Asian Seafood Salad, eggplant manicotti (not listed on the website), and the peach cobbler.
Stealth-eater: Momos (not listed on the website – this is a feature of their normal menu and you could order it for an extra $2), the Moroccan Chicken, and the Mexican Chocolate Cake.

Me? I had the zucchini matchstick salad, the Thai grilled salmon, and the triple chocolate layered mousse.

The zucchini matchstick salad wasn’t quite what I had imagined. I guess I tend to think of breaded or battered zucchini if the word “stick” is mentioned. Instead this was fresh zucchini julienned, served with a sort of vinaigrette, candied walnuts as well as non-candied walnuts, and parm cheese. For the most part I wasn’t too impressed. The zucchini matched well with the candied walnuts, but otherwise was boring on it’s own or with non-candied walnuts, and I thought that there was a little too much parm. (A little goes a long way for me.) And herbs? I couldn’t taste them.

Having said that, I did take a bite of the momos (and I don’t mean the animated lemur) and it was fantastic. I was sad that I didn’t order my own momos plate. What is a momo? It’s a Tibetan dumpling. So, it’s quite similar to other Asian dumplings, but the difference is in the flavor. I guess I would describe it as a hybrid of the Chinese dumplings and a samosa. You know, a bit spicier but too much so.

Asano-mama and Plumduff cleaned off their appetizer plates, so I’m going to say that they were quite satisfied.

[Oh, moving backwards for a second – after the waiter takes your order, he gives you a bread basket. Ours had onion focaccia, some sort of cracker, and sweet but dry cornbread. We devoured the bread in a matter of minutes. My favorite was the cornbread much to my surprise. I usually won’t touch cornbread.]

Entrees! Asano-mama seemed really satisfied with her burger and fries. Maybe it was just a hard day from painting our kitchen that did the trick, but she needed little more to keep her in good spirits. Plumduff seemed pretty happy with the eggplant manicotti, and again I wanted Stealth Eater’s plate instead of my own.

The Thai salmon was good overall, but it just didn’t come out the way it was described. The roast pork listed was actually slices of Chinese styled barbeque pork. And the salad was served under the salmon along with the rice. So, in essence, I was having salmon on top of fried rice. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that, but it sounds a lot less impressive to say that you had salmon with fried rice.

The only reason I didn’t pick the Moroccan chicken was because 1) I’m not a huge fan of cous cous and 2) I’m not a huge fan of eggplant. But when Stealth Eater received her plate, it was easy to say that the chicken was the star of the show. It was spiced and cooked just right, and the harissa was really delicious. (note to self, google for harissa recipes.) It’s definitely a good way to serve a bake chicken that’s beyond the usual lemon and herbs.

Finally, it was time for dessert and I don’t think there’s a single complaint to be had there. The Mexican chocolate cake was very chocolaty. Perhaps sinful so. For anyone who didn’t like papaya need not be afraid. The papaya coulis was more like a squiggly decoration to the side of the plate. It more like a ganache than a cake. It was dense and thin. And yummy. That’s what’s most important after all.

In contrast, the mousse was fluffy and lighter. If memory serves me right, it was a layer of a dark chocolate mousse, a layer of milk chocolate mousse, a topping of whipped cream (maybe it was supposed to be white chocolate, I couldn’t tell) and a cookie. I ate most of it – well, as much as my stuffed tummy would allow.

All in all, I liked Tremont 647. I wasn’t quite as impressed as I was with Sel de la Terre, but that doesn’t mean anything bad. The variety was great and the service was good (but maybe that’s because we were a table of nicely dressed ladies? just kidding). I certainly wouldn’t mind going there again, even for a non-Restaurant-Week meal.

~Mikan

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