Adria - Nashua NH
FINALLY went to Adria--Chowhounders, go immediately! This is great home-style cooking, slightly Viennese inflected, but definitely its own Bosnian thing. The stuffed cabbage were delicious, a little sour, a little sweet. Served with wonderful hand-mashed potatoes. Partner had a veal stew with mushrooms, potatoes and other root vegetables. What made it special was the paprika based sauce--smokey and rich. Service was very nice, room is good-looking and it's about 50% cheaper than all the other overpriced joints around Main Street that charge Boston prices. Talked to the owner, his mom is in the kitchen, and she knows how to cook!
so far i'm underwhelmed. i was really excited reading the menu in the window but each item was off by one or more item, flavor, detail etc. I pray they're tweaking the menu and recipes as
we've suffered too much restaurant turnover in these parts. (especially ethnic foods)
Husband and foodie daughter went there for lunch today. It was a Sunday so that explain why it was so empty. The decor was very pleasant and the staff were wonderful - down to earth and friendly. I had the Sausage Flatbread, which was the winning pick. I agree that it was not as great as we wanted it to be - who wouldn't want a Bosnian restaurant to succeed in Nashua! Any change is good. I wonder if we just are not accustomed to the flavors of Bosnia and it is a matter of getting used to the slightly peculiar combinations. in any case, we will definitely give it another try in a couple weeks. It has a good feel and worth a try. Plus the prices were very reasonable.
Two weeks ago I made it back into Adria to give it a try. This was a Saturday night and the place was about 2/3 full by the time we left. I was glad to see they were doing a decent business as this isn't an easy time for restaurants - especially new ones and particularly independent ones with a non-typical menu theme.
This restaurant is comfortably smack-dab in the middle of the range of low-end to high-end dining. Smartly-decorated, but casual enough and reasonably priced enough to work well for diners seeking all but an upper-end dining experience.
The complimentary "bread basket" in this case is some freshly fried dough. Chewy texture with a bit of sweetness - a nice change. I recall them telling us it is a type of traditional bread. For an appetizer to split, we choose the Mediterranean Beef Pasty. This ended up being two pieces instead of a singular pastry, shaped like extra large Chinese egg rolls they were scrumptious. Kind of a beef stroganoff filling without the noodles. A couple of drinks ordered from the bar and we selected our entrees.
I choose the Veal Delight and GF ordered the Chicken Medallions. The Veal Delight reminded me of a cassoulet of sorts - chunks of veal with vegetables simmering away in a hot clay pot. Wonderful flavors..it was perfect for a chilly night. The veal was tasty but a tad tough and I mentioned this later to our waitress. She acknowledged the cook had struggled with that batch and they were aware it wasn't quite the way it is supposed to be, a result of their first busy night and trying to get a sense of how to manage things in the kitchen. I am willing to give them a pass on this one and accept the explanation. I still enjoyed it and would recommend it.
The Chicken Medallions (grilled, with mushrooms and onions) had a unique spice flavor to it, with very tender, flavorful chicken. The "house special" mashed potatoes it came with were very different but quite good. I can't quite find a way to describe them. This dish was a winner with GF.
For dessert we shared a chocolate-filled crepe sort of thing...I can't recall the name. That's what I get for waiting two weeks to report. But we both loved this dessert and I was accused of eating 75% of it when I am the one who doesn't order dessert and instead only wants to "have just a bite of yours."
Bottom line, I liked Adria very much. Very friendly employees and wait-staff in a casual yet comfortable, clean, warm atmosphere. Not fancy, and not downstream either, with an interesting and different menu with a whole bunch of other things I want to try in addition to those we already enjoyed. It's great to have a unique cuisine option like this at reasonable prices.
While I was running into the Vietnamese Noodle House to pick up some pho to-go Sunday evening, I noticed Adria Mediterranean Cuisine & Bar was open. (Just to the left of the Noodle House.)
If I didn't have my soup waiting for me I would have changed gears and given Adria a try then-and-there. I went in to take a look and was offered a paper take-out menu to take with me. The place looks very comfortable and nicely decorated with an attractive bar just as you enter.
I can't find any presence of a web site so I'm glad I have the menu. It looks wonderful. I'll briefly list a few items from the menu that catch my interest:
- Aps -
Meze (smoked sausage with feta, mozzarella and olives), for two $12.95
Mediterranean beef pastry (ground beef, mushrooms, onion + herbs in pasty and deep fried) $6.95
- Entrees -
Veal Delight $14.95
Stuffed Cabbage (Sarma) $11.95
Lamb Shank (two) $16.95
Cheese Stuffed Pie $7.95
Chicken Medallions $10.95
Hungarian Veal Steak $13.95 (plus a couple of other nice-sounding veal dishes)
Bosnian Burger (lamb & beef burger on flatbread) $9.95
Fried Haddock ("med variation") $11.95
There are a few soup, salad and dessert choices, and the menu lists 11 different lunch take-out specials priced from $6.95 to 10.95. I don't know if this take-out menu has all the items their normal menu does.
The menu doesn't list their hours of operation. Phone # is 603-578-1904. They would help themselves by getting a web site up pronto.
I can't wait to check it out. Nearly everything I see on the menu sounds delicious. Please report back if you try them out!