Adria - Nashua NH
Anyone know when this place is going to open? It's going to be a mediterranean restaurant in downtown Nashua but I haven't seen much progress.
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!
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.
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.
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!