TW Food is a lovely, underrated restaurant
And their price-fixe is one of the best deals in the city. I'd put it on par with Craigie on Main and Bondir, both in terms of atmosphere and food, but it doesn't get nearly the same attention. I wonder if it's because the chef, Tim Wiechmann, doesn't really do the "circuit." Regardless, I've now had three very cozy, delicious meals there, and would highly recommend the tasting menu.
Craigie on Main
853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
279 Broadway, Cambridge, MA 02139
I ate there last night and could not agree more.
Did the prix fixe, which was a LOT of food. Is it my imagination or did people at one time complain about portion size with this place? There was absolutely no evidence of that in the least - We were absolutely stuffed.
Amuse of roasted sweet potato, leek cream, fried sage leaf - very nice.
Apps: Black pepper and cabbage soup with an apple slaw - really light and creamy, spicy yet subtle on the pepper - very warming.
Pate - very large portion, accompaniments of grain mustard with a kick, paper-thin slices of a pretty beet, crusty toast - very good.
Egg with trumpet mushrooms and corn - umami city and sooo eggy.
Pappardelle with goat cheese, roasted eggplant, tomato, other goodies - house-made whole wheat pasta was excellent - very earthy
Spaghettini with smoked sausage, scallop and other goodies - this was very smoky flavored, good for some, very rich.
Flat iron steak with roasted peppers, smoky tomato gazpacho - very much medium rare, the tenderest cut of meat I've had in a long while. Just great.
Only room for two - hot fudge sundae and far breton with vanilla creme -
Good bottle of OR pinot noir found a happy medium with all the dishes we had.
After-dinner almond cookies (non-crunchy)
Back to the OP, I think it also has something to do with the location - it's pretty off the beaten track - it should get more attention than it does, although one of my party mentioned all the awards on the wall on the way to the restroom, so someone has been noticing.
Bronwyn could not be a more gracious hostess - just all in all a very satisfying experience and I am only sorry that it took me this long to try it out.
re: Bob Dobalina
bob, i conFUSED. app,entree,dessert for $45; but you seem to have tasted 3 apps, 3 entrees......So there were 3 of you dining,yes?(i didn't go to college for nothin' you know.)
one of the impressive things i noticed was a very lovely Vegetarian Grand Tasting Menu:
Gotta try to remember that for future CH vegetarian queries.
re: Bob Dobalina
How is the amount compared to Bergamot?
I found their prix fixe just an ok amount...not hungry, but not full (I wanted to his the tapas place across the street afterwards :-)
The regular entrees/apps seem a bit bigger though...food was good too (creative though my taste buds weren't wowed)-: