In a rare turn of events, we had a Saturday night free and couldn't pass up the opportunity for a proper date night. We had just finished up teaching a chicken class at the BCAE and, feeling a craving for something different and fun, we headed to East by Northeast to take advantage of the Five Course Prix Fixe menu. It isn't often that I dissect such a big number of dishes in one post and had only planned to mention a couple but as I started to write this review, I couldn't help myself. So sit back and get comfortable, this one's going to be a long one!
|Best seat in the house - at the bar overlooking the action in the kitchen!|
If you ever happen find yourself in East by Northeast's tiny dining room in Cambridge, please don't pass up the five course prix fixe menu. For a mere $30 you'll be asked to select one of a couple options of vegetable dishes, one from a bread section and finally, one noodle dish and then the rest lies in the hands of the chef. Once you've placed your order, that's when the fun really begins. Dish after dish, all thoughtfully and beautifully plated, start appearing almost like rapid fire. We decided to each select three different choices so that we could sample 6 different dishes, plus whatever the chef had in store for us.
|Turnip Soup with Tofu Amuse|
|Edamame Salad with Kale, Apple and Lemon Ginger Vinaigrette|
|Kale, Smoked Mushrooms and Puffed Rice|
|Pork Belly, Mantou Bread, Pickles and Sweet Bean Paste|
|Scallion Pancake with Roasted Garlic Chili Sauce|
|Tofu and Black Bean Rice Balls|
|Pork Ragout, Napa Cabbage, Marinated Sunchokes, Chili Vinegar and a Fried Egg|
|Braised Beef Shank, Parsnip, Grilled Scallions, Greens, Spicy Beef Broth|
|Cream Puffs, Butternut Squash Mousse and Apple Brown Butter Sauce|