Bergamot just opened (last week, I think) in the space formerly occupied by Evoo, which has moved to Kendall Square. I was hoping for good things since Evoo was a nice standby in the neighborhood and I was not disappointed. You'd never know they had only been open for a week -- the food was great and the service was excellent. We'll definitely be going back.
The space is little changed from the Evoo days and the restaurant projects the same kind of sophistication and attention to good food. It's a lot nicer and less casual than the whimsical website and logo would suggest; I was expecting something more along the lines of Hungry Mother, but it was closer to Rendezvous (both places I like a lot). The menu has a focus on seasonal and local ingredients - green peas, fiddleheads, and green garlic abound.
We all agreed that the appetizers were good but not great; but the entrees we tried (roast lamb loin with black trumpet mushrooms and stinging nettle sauce; halibut with fava beans; seared scallops with asparagus) were all excellent. Desserts were a real highlight; we loved the guajillo chili chocolate pavé with milk stout ice cream. They have a strong wine list heavily leaning towards French and a focus on chenin blanc and bandol. Good craft cocktails too.
Only downside was that service was a little slow at times, but heck, they've only been open a week, so I give them a pass. And it was not that slow. The service was extremely friendly and knowledgeable, and very attentive. My only other complaint is what is the deal with giving each diner a tiny stale slice of bread? Second time in as many weeks this has happened to me (the other being at Pigalle) -- leave enough bread for the table, thank you.
I was not expecting much from a first visit, but the place seems to be hitting most of the right notes so far. Worth checking out.
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thanks so much. we have long been evoo fans and we shall follow them to kendall sq. of course, but a new good place is always a treat.
After lunch with friends around the corner at Kebab Factory (that place was HOPPING and delicious as always) we were looking in the window at Bergamot just now and a nice man invited us in to look around and gave us menus to look at. Pretty much everything on the menu looked yummy. Right now it's dinner only but they will start doing brunch at some point and they'll be doing a 6-course prix fixe all day (12 to 8) on Mother's Day. We asked if they'd have wheelbarrows to trundle Mom out to the car, and he didn't miss a beat: "Oh yes, and some nice strong young men to wheel them." Pretty spot, good-looking menu, it's definitely on the list to try.
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Great report. We went last Saturday, and found the food quite good but the kitchen very slow. Like you, we gave them a pass because they're so new. (Also they comped us a round of drinks.)
We will definitely be back soon.