First things first: Grandpapa. After his tests on Monday, it was found that there was an artery that was completely blocked and my grandpapa would need a triple bypass. I know it’s a standard procedure, but scary nonetheless. He had the surgery on Thursday and turns out, he needed a quadruple bypass. But everything went very, very well and he is currently off of the breathing machine and resting nicely. My mom has been keeping me up to date and so far so good. Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers! I think he is going to pull through all right.
A couple of weeks ago, I finally had a weekday night off where I was able to get out for a concierge dinner. I was especially excited about this one because it was at a restaurant that I had never dined at before. I’ve had drinks at the Beehive, but never eaten there. And I heard that the chef was new so their menu had been updated.
When I arrived, the first thing I looked at was the cocktail list. This restaurant just says “cocktail” as opposed to a beer. The ambiance was that of fancy bohemian. There were chandeliers hanging, brick walls and wooden booths and chairs. There was a little stage area too where they have live music every night. And with no cover charge.
My drink of choice was the Honey Highball. Generally I’m not a big whiskey fan, but this was honey whiskey, so I was all for experimenting. And I’m glad I did! The drink was smooth with the addition of the honey and not all that strong. It was very refreshing. It consisted of Jack Daniels Honey, sour, orange bitters and splash of ginger ale.
We were then given a few bites to enjoy while we were still at the bar. They gave us Moroccan Cigars which are lamb-filled phyllo spring rolls. These were so delicious! I loved the spices and the ground lamb. I had about 3 or 4.
We were also given a couple of flat bread pizzas. One had prosciutto, chilies and mozzarella and the other had arugula and mushrooms. So good!
When we were done at the bar, we moved into the dining room for dinner. For appetizers the manager chose some of the best on the menu and we shared them. There were steamed mussels with lager, tomato & old bay; seared Nantucket scallops, baba ganoush, cumin-carrot puree; and “fall-off-the-bone” baby back ribs. Oh my gosh, these ribs were so amazing! They were literally fall of the bone and so moist. And the mussels were great too. I loved the broth.
For my entrée, I was so excited to see tourtiere on the menu! Growing up, my aunt used to make the Quebec pork pie during the holidays and it was always a highlight for me! I definitely ordered it. Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in it. It was nothing like the ground pork, minced pie that I was used to. It was more like a pork, lamb, beef pot pie. It was mostly crust and hardly any meat. I told the manager that I was pretty unimpressed with it. Apparently, others have said the same and the item only lasted 2 days on the menu.
For dessert, there were three desserts presented to us: strawberry crumble, chocolate mousse cake, and one that is unfortunately slipping my mind at this time. I really enjoyed the strawberry crumble. During the summer I pretty much love any dessert with berries.
Overall, I very much enjoyed the food and atmosphere at the Beehive. It’s a great place for a cocktail, some appetizers and live music with no cover charge.
As with all concierge dinners, they are complimentary but these opinions are that of my own.
Beehive is located at 541 Tremont Street in Boston’s South End.