Bin 26 Enoteca
Any thoughts on this spot in Beacon Hill? I've always enjoyed looking in the window and checking out the menu, and then recently a friend gave us a gift certificate. Has anyone been recently? Any don't miss dishes? Maybe the food is better suited for fall or winter? TIA for any thoughts/comments.
Go for the cheese plate and chocolate pasta. HUUUGE wine collection :) Enjoy!
ps. I guess I would enjoy it more in the fall or spring than in the summer..
I went a couple of months ago, and enjoyed it but haven't felt the need to go back. I had a sort of bistro-style steak (sliced over something I can't remember, served with really buttery okra) that I enjoyed. As I recall, others had lamb, scallops, and pork, and everyone enjoyed the entrees (we had had apps elsewhere). I do think the dishes were pretty substantial, so waiting to fall might suit better (unless they have a summer menu).
Their wine list is fantastic, as is their carpaccio and arancini- though I would stay away from their entrees and enjoy their small plates. They have several fantastic cheese options that are VERY enjoyable.
i love bin 26. people seem not to realize that it is first a wine bar. that means the menu is designed to complement the vino. the concept behind the plates is simplicity -- nothing has more than 3 or 4 ingredients.
i always do an app or 2 then cheese or meat. my only beef with the cheese (oops) is they serve it already sliced.
the cheeses and salumeria are excellent. the cocoa pasta never disappoints. the bread is really good (from iggy's) and the service is always friendly and well-informed.
I agree with fmcox and would focus on wine and pickies. Granted our visit was in February, but the menu doesn't seem to have changed so...
- cheese/charcuterie was all good (we had grana padano with a great, syrup-y reduced balsamic, wild boar salami and pates)!
- mains were not-bad, but nothing stellar - lamb shank was tender, but bean accompaniment was monochromatic after a (short) while. Whole grilled sea bass was very generous with OK sides, but just didn't knock it out of the park
- "threeramisu" (inane name) was a disappoint in a town with so many great Ital bakeries
Still, I liked this spot and I'd go back anytime to drink (great wine list!) and snack.
You can find my full review here (although you might have already found it on CH):
I really enjoy bin 26 though more for the atmosphere and wine than the food. I never really remember when I order entrees there but I do love to have cheese and charcuterie.
I went there with a small group last night and we were all impressed. Overall, the apps were good - the cheese plate was great and the special squash soup was very good, but the bruschetta provided the only disappointment of the night - the bread was a bit burnt, but also soggy.
The entrees were even better. Scallop ravioli were good, the trout was better - a tender, buttery flavor - the cocoa tagliatelle is interesting mix of flavors and not as heavy as I would have thought. The two clear winners, though, were the duck, which was cooked perfectly - still a bit pink in the center, and very tender - and the seared tuna with white anchovy butter special. That was one beautiful hunk of tuna.
For dessert, the threeRamisu and chocolate torte were very good, but the best was the strawberry millefeuille, which isn't a millefeuille, but three thin, caramelized (almost burnt sugar) crisp wafers with layers of marscapone and strawberries. Oh my, it was good!
The wines were excellent, as one would expect. Some of us went with what we knew and some of us went with the suggestions of the wine guy. All of us were happy.
The service was excellent - both the wine guy and the waitress were very friendly and welcoming and clearly knew their stuff. The space is nice and manages to create some cozy spaces in could have been a bland, anonymous room. Oh, and when you go to the restroom, look up.
As for the bill, well, the wine can add up - and we did drink a lot. Overall, we were very happy and are already planning a return visit.