Where: Chez Henri – One Shepard Street Cambridge, MA
When: March, 2012
After raving about Chez Henri for so long my dad insisted we go there the next time he visit. He didn’t have to ask me twice.
I made a reservation for a Friday night and were promptly seated when we arrived. We were greeted by our waitress who was very knowledgeable and very sweet, if that’s appropriate to say.
We ordered a drink before dinner with my dad going with a martini and I getting my all time favorite cocktail, the 75 Rue Germain, a play on the French 75. The 75 Rue Germain is Cava, Plymouth Gin, St. Germain, and lemon juice. This fresh bubbly cocktail was perfect for a rainy Friday night so I can’t wait to see how it tastes on a hot summer evening.
We then ordered a bottle of wine and our appetizers. I was surprised that my dad didn’t get the oysters as he loves them more than I do but he started with the PEI mussels, which were a special, that came cooked in a white wine, butter, tomato and basil. The mussels came with two big crusty pieces of toasted bread, perfect for mopping up some of that mussel liquor.
I did, however, get the Island Creek Oysters on the 1/2 shells with Champagne Mignonette which were as fantastic as I remembered. I had been dreaming about them for weeks so couldn’t wait to dig in. I actually heard my dad snicker at my exclamations of joy after each oyster. They are absolutely delicious.
For our entrees, dad went with another special, the Wood Grilled Onglet with Herbed Potatoes, Brussel Sprouts, and Foie Gras Bordelaise. It looked delicious and how decadent to do a foie gras bordelaise. I think my dad slept well this evening.
I considered getting the Cod Loin again as I was still thinking about since my last visit but I decided I should try something new. I got the Steak Frites which is a Grilled N.Y. Sirloin with Crispy Fries and Smoked Tomato & Toasted Garlic Bordelaise. The portion was generous (I, shockingly, could not finish it) and the steak just melted in your mouth. Also, those fries are some of the best I have had in a while and even better with some of that toasted garlic bordelaise on them.
For dessert we split* the Cardamom and Orange Scented Creme Brûlée with Pistachio Biscotti. The cardamon and orange were easy to find in the dish but subtle enough that it didn’t overwhelm the gentle flavors of the creme Brûlée. The biscotti had a nice crunch to it which was a nice contrast.
*I say split but we all know what really happened, right?
While finishing up dessert I took a photo of the dessert menu so that I could remember what was in it. Our waitress noticed so I excused myself saying I keep a blog. She asked which one so I told her and next thing I know the general manager, Beth (if I remember correctly?), is standing by our table asking “Are you SmallnFeisty“? I almost fell out of my seat! “Yes, yes I am!” I excited responded as my dad looked on a little confused. Julie recognized the name of my blog and knew me from twitter so had come over to say hello. She was as lovely and charming as everyone else I’ve interacted with at Chez Henri and so nice to come over and say hello. She made me feel like a bit of a celebrity!
Overall, I wish I could shake things up a little and revise my last rating to keep you all on your toes but the service, atmosphere and food were nothing short of stellar. I’m grateful to have Chez Henri in my back yard and hope to be recognized there again many, many times.