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Apr 21, 2010 02:33 PM

Going to Gargoyle's for first time, any "must try" dishes?

Been wanting to try Gargoyle's for a while now and recomendations?
thanks in advance

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  1. i like their burger a lot. at $10 w/fries and house ketchup, it's a great deal. i've eaten off their dining room menu two or three times, and never cared for it, but i do really like their burger.

    1. Tuna poke (a Hawaiian-style raw tuna salad) is terrific, a signature of the chef for years. I like his sous-vide dishes, too: current one is veal cheeks, looks very nice (haven't tried it myself). Worth hitting the bar for a cocktail first: they make the best drinks in Davis Square.

      1. when are you going?
        banana leaf wrapped duck w/ cashews and coconut rice
        tuna poke- app.
        truffle ice cream w/ butterscotch fondant

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        1. re: opinionatedchef

          Heading over there Thursday night

          thanks for the recs

          1. re: bluesjack

            don't forget to tell us what you had and what you thought about it all!

            1. re: opinionatedchef

              Hi...sorry the review took so long. First off I'd like to thank those who gave out some recommendations, that was very helpful. Second I've got to say that while a lot of chef's use unusual ingredient and combinations of flavors merely to dazzle Gargoyle really delivers.
              While waiting for our dinning partners we took a seat in the comfy bar in the front. I had a wonderfully refreshing glass of the not too sweet red sangria and my DC have an apple martini. She pronounced it delicious..and strong. I'm not a martini drinker but that sounds like a good combo to me :-)

              We tried the tuna poke and the calamari and the explosion of different flavors and textures was a welcome relief to the ordinary.

              While I was sorely tempted by all the raves for the duck I was in the mood for beef and ordered a strip steak and what a steak it was. Tender, flavorful and cooked a perfect medium rare. (the web site has skirt steak listed but strip steak was on the menu for that night at least) celery gnocchi and asparagus were welcome sides and as one of my DC's remarked, "nice to NOT see garlic mashed or Yukon gold for a change"
              She had also ordered the steak.

              Our other 2 DC's got the grilled giant shrimp and the 1 small bite I was allowed to steal was very good.
              We were all too full for dessert so no report
              Service was very friendly also. Well worth a visit

              1. re: bluesjack

                Thanks for reporting back. I think Jason is doing good things there. I like eating in the bar area and I'm really happy you enjoyed the sangria. Not too sweet is how I'd describe it as well. YAY.

        2. I've heard the duck confit is excellent. Their bartender's one of the best in the area, too, in my opinion -- he does his own bourbon infusions for their cocktails.

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          1. re: Boston_Otter

            Paul is great, and if you dig Sangria, try his. In the wintertime he makes an infused bourbon that one chowfriend (who shall remain nameless) has been known to drink in quantity.

            1. re: yumyum

              Isn't it Maureen who makes the better sangria? At least she's better at it (IMO) than Paul times I've been there. I haven't had his infused bourbon as I'm not a fan of bourbon.

              And for the OP, the duck confit is always good, as is the burger and the pick plate on the bar menu.

              1. re: LindaWhit

                Hi Linda -- I've had both Maureen's and Paul's sangria and never sent either back. I favor Paul's in the winter / spring because it's got a little spice to it (cinnamon, cloves, etc) and Maureen's in the summer. But you know, they're probably both pretty much the same. Delicious.

                1. re: yumyum

                  speaking of sangria, i tried Scampo's sangria the other day (they're just gearing up to put it back on the summer menu), it was definitely more watery than last year's, hopefully they will fix that but just a heads up

                  215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

                  1. re: barleywino

                    Had a long conversation with the bartender at Scampo when I was there and he was very anti-Sangria (for cost reasons) -- maybe he's behind the watering down, he sure didn't like the economics of what they were serving last summer. It's a shame because our pitcher there late summer was the magical never ending pitcher and went perfectly with everything we ordered that night.

                    215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

                    1. re: yumyum

                      maybe they're focussing more on cocktails this year, they seem to have beefed up their list...btw they also have some early softshell crabs in, but the one i had there wasn't fried as crispy as last year, a bit disappointing but maybe just early season kinks...

          2. I love Gargoyle's- I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

            I'd second the Signature Hoisin & Honey Glazed Duck Confit - it's fantastic. Also, if you're there with a few folks, The Pick Plate (from bar menu) is delicious yet simple. They typically include a black truffle honey that I could happily bathe in daily. It's that good.

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            1. re: mbasnack

              Agree- the duck drummettes in whatever incarnation is currently on the bar menu are great. The burger also is one of my favorites. And the butterscotch fondant dessert is pure truffle bliss. I have been less wowed by their dining room menu in general. Agree on the cocktails, too. Gosh, I'm feeling agreeable about this post...

              1. re: Parsnipity

                Sounds like I may be a minority voice but I am not a fan of Gargoyles. I am from Hawaii and was excited about their ahi poke, but it was too salty and not even close to delish. Our entrees were OK, nothing special. For the price, I think you can do much better. We have been there twice, probably will not return.