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Feb 17, 2011 08:15 AM

Heads up -- small plates at Russell House Tavern: go there now!

I'm a Scelfo fangrrrl, it's true. I loved his food at North Street, I followed him like a puppy to Temple Bar, and have been swooning over the deep fried poached chip-in egg at Russell House Tavern for a while now. But last night I had a small plate that blew me AWAY. He's running it as a special tonight, so if you don't have other plans, get on over there to try it.

Fiore de latte burrata with walnuts and fried shallots (onions?). ZOMG ... I know I know it sounds so simple, and it is. But it's the kind of thing that comes together perfectly, with the gooey middle of the cheese running around your palate and the light drizzle of olive oil adding a peppery punch, and the walnuts providing a little crunch. Really really swoony good.

We also enjoyed the foie gras terrine that is flavored (quite assertively) with laphroaig whiskey. If you like smokey peaty whisky flavors, you will love this dish. It is not for the faint of heart however.

There is also a white anchovy toast with marcona almonds that is new and lovely if you like the assertiveness of boquerones.

We also shared the beef heart ravioli which was BOLD and beefy, as it should be. The scelfster isn't' holding back on his flavors, and I like it.

I love to eat small plates style, and this chef continues to deliver. You don't need to be a member of the fanclub to enjoy this food, but I'm about to start making up t-shirts. Some pictures below for your enjoyment. (burrata, egg, ravs)

Russell House Tavern
14 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

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  1. YumYum - were you sitting at the downstairs bar last night? I was there with my wife and a friend. Didn't have the burrata, but my wife ordered a different cheese/onion thing that was served with bread close to pita. Really nice. I enjoyed the pig face with soft boiled egg (I'll eat almost anything if it comes with a soft boiled egg). The charcuterie plate was also excellent last evening.

    6 Replies
    1. re: kimfair1

      kim -- that was me, downstairs at the bar, eating everything in sight. Had you thrown down the Chowhound gang sign, we could have met!

      Y'all know the sign, right? Make your hand into a dog, with the two middle fingers as the mouth, the pinkie and pointer as the ears. Then make the mouth chomp. Pull it out at a fair/ festival / taco truck, and we know you are the chosen people.

        1. re: okra

          Your thumb is the lower jaw, important for making the CHOMP gesture. Live it, learn it, throw it.

          1. re: yumyum

            I'll be sure to remember the sign. I was the large guy at the end of the bar with the two attractive ladies. You weren't with the guy with the awesome Klaus Nomi t-shirt were you?

            1. re: kimfair1

              I was the lady glugging down multiple glasses of wine. You probably tried to look away from the frantic arm flailing and semi-porn nom nom noises.

              1. re: yumyum

                I was the brown guy next to yumyum.