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News: Bergamot, American Craft, Ashmont Grill

Posted by Devra First  February 16, 2010 11:26 AM

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If all goes according to plan, Mid-March will see the opening of Bergamot, a new restaurant from chef Keith Pooler (Scampo, Harvest) and GM Servio Garcia (Craigie on Main, Casablanca). It will be located in the former EVOO space, 118 Beacon St., Somerville.

toque1.jpgThey promise "progressive American cuisine and a warm neighborhood setting." That means dishes such as sunchoke bisque with lobster, green beans, and olives; herb-marinated poached cod with favas, radishes, greens, and lemon confit vinaigrette; pea green salad with peas, ham, pecorino, pea shoots, and truffle vinaigrette; and slow-cooked lamb shoulder with caramelized spring onions, black trumpet mushrooms, barley, and stinging nettle sauce. Entrees will be $19-$27, appetizers $9-$14.

Bergamot has a full liquor license and will be offering old-school cocktails as well as new creations.

EVOO, of course, is moving to Kendall Square. It will be located in the Watermark Building at 350 Third St., along with a branch of sister pizzeria Za.

Meanwhile, in Brookline, barbecue joint Roadhouse is no more. It's been repurposed as American Craft, from the same owners, the folks behind the Publick House.  It's at 1700 Beacon St. and ought to open Monday.

There will still be plenty of great beer, as well as a menu that features appetizers such as pulled duck hash and hand-cut chive fries, salads and soups, sandwiches such as a steak dip and a Reuben, and entrees including stout-braised short ribs, oven-roasted trout, and grilled tofu steak. You can also build your own burger (beef, turkey, or veggie).

The chef is Corey French, who has cooked at Vintage Lounge, Mill's Tavern in Providence, and more.

Also, over at Ashmont Grill, chef-owner Chris Douglass is cooking again. He'll be making dinner every night. When his South End restaurant Icarus closed, it was the end of an era. Presumably, he is now looking to have some fun. This should be good. On the menu: the likes of Navajo Stew (hominy, beans, chilies, and fry bread), braised lamb over pappardelle with dried cherries and gremolata, macaroni and smoked blue cheese, apricot-chipotle-glazed spare ribs and hush puppies, and cider-glazed pork belly with baked beans, brown bread, and apple slaw. Prices seem to be in the $15-$17 range.

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