When: Trade – 540 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Where: February, 201
We’ve had Trade on the calendar for weeks so I had plenty of time to stalk their menu and set my expectations high. And that exactly what I did.
I got there right at 8 and the place was packed. Luckily Sarah had made a reservation so we we’re quickly seated. I love the decor and atmosphere – clean lines, high ceilings, lots of wood, funky metal lights, and just the right level of music (and good choices – I heard The Kills, Phoenix, and MGMT while we were there). They had wine stored in hidden wood drawers in the walls which I thought was cool.
We got a nice big table which I thought might be hard to hear each other around but turns out to be totally fine. I read somewhere that Jody Adams had the tables soundproofed but can’t re-find that article and can’t really wrap my head around that on my own. What does that even mean and how does it work?
Our waiter was attentive and really knew the menu. We giggled that when we asked him what was good he listed pretty much every item on the menu.
We decided to share a few things (as well as a few bottles of wine), all of which were phenomenal.
Local burrata with quince-lemon jam: This was not my choice and I would have never thought to get it if the table didn’t want to get it. After trying burrata for the first time at Coppa I decided it wasn’t really my thing. The texture on the inside was just too watery for me. Boy, did this burrata change my mind! It was firm with just a little more give I the center and went oh so we’ll with the sweet quince-lemon jam. It was delicious, I’m a burrata convert.
Pomegranate glazed eggplant with capers, olives and pine nuts: This was a beautiful plate, it was a shame to break into it but well worth it. The eggplant was tender but still firm, the capers and olives added a nice saltiness, the line nuts a crunch, and the pomegranate a sweetness. It came together beautifully.
Fried oysters and buckwheat waffles with maple syrup and sour cream: Waffles and oysters? That’s cray! I’ve never even had chicken and waffles so had no idea what to expect of this, not that I can compare the two. I expected this dish to be much heavier than it was so was really pleasantly surprised. The oysters were lightly battered and fried and waffles were hearty but not heavy. The two went really well together and worked with the sweetness of the maple syrup. I think I need to get myself a waffle press – they aren’t just for breakfast anymore.
Mussels, tomato, leeks, with saffron and garlic flatbread: Of the two flatbreads we ordered this was my favorite. My office ate had recommended it from her visit to Trade and I’m glad we got it. The flatbread was crispy and the combination of ingredients did remind me of a big bowl of moules frites. Very different but worked really well.
Mushrooms and figs with gorgonzola, sage pesto and walnuts flatbread: This flatbread was also very good with nice contrasts of sweet and salty. That’s all I really have to say about it as I was so focused on getting another slice of that mussels flatbread.
Honey roasted pear crostada with crème fraîche and caramel: You really can’t ever go wrong with a warm mini fruit pie with cold crème fraîche and caramel. The pears were still a little firm, pastry was soft yet crisp, and caramel just salty enough to bring it all together.
Meyer lemon panna cotta with pomegranate gelee and citrus crisp: This panna cotta is mysecond burrata (what I am now calling anything that pleasantly surprises me) of the night. It was another item on the menu I would have never ordered as when I think of panna cotta I think of the texture of flan, which I am not a fan of. This was not like that at all. This was firm, fresh, tart, and a complete surprise. It was beautiful and delicious and I wanted another as soon as we were done with it.
Overall, everything was fantastic from the atmosphere, service, food and company. The most memorable dished for me were the burrata and the panna cotta as they surprised me the most. I would go back in a heartbeat!