Block 5 Bistro, Worcester
A friend picked Block 5 Bistro as a meeting place (halfway between Boston and Holyoke) this past weekend and I was pleasantly surprised. I really liked the food (and for how much we ordered, it didn't cost all that much). I would definitely go back the next time we need to meet up in Worcester.
The Boston contingent arrived first, so we headed to the bar for drinks. The wine and cocktail list is extensive and impressive, and the bartenders have very good muddling skills. My lemon and basil mojito was a surprise, with bright flavors but not too sweet. The Skittles mojito tastes exactly like a green Skittle. The peach ginger mojito was a little too sweet for my tastes, but I really liked the pieces of ginger in the glass.
We started our meal with the rice and corn fritters and the cheese plate. The fritters were fine, but nothing special to me. The cheese plate was very good, with plenty of warm bread, 5 different kinds of cheese (the mustard cheese was new to me, and I really enjoyed it), delicious honey and some kind of fruit paste.
For my meal, I had the salmon Napoleon, two good-sized pieces of salmon with a crispy wonton skin, some roasted veggies and a creamy curry sauce. This was very tasty, and while the fish was a little overcooked for my taste, all the ingredients went together very well.
For dessert, we had the molten chocolate springrolls (or whatever they're called on the menu). They are made out of pound cake and lots of rich chocolate, wrapped in springroll skins and deep-fried. The whipped cream on the side was a good balance to the ultrarich chocolate.
I agree, the chocolate springrolls are yummy, and the bartenders at Block 5 are quite good for Worcester. I love the Elephantini.
Food is a little spotty, but not bad. Next time you visit, I'd recommend Bocado. It's owned by the same folks who own Block 5, but I find the food more consistent and love the atmosphere. While Block 5 is a little modern and cold (really physically cold!), Bocado is cozy, dark, stylish and funky.