Last night, I was so happy to be able to make it one of my favorite restaurants for a concierge dinner: Sonsie. I’ve been to the restaurant several times, but every time is enjoyable.
When I arrived, I had started with a glass of my favorite cabernet sauvignon.
B.R. Cohn 2008 Silver Label from Sonoma is by far my favorite cab. It’s smooth, not too dry with a sweet bite to it. It also happens to be $45 a bottle. A splurge worthy wine of course.
After about 30 minutes at the bar, waiting for the others to arrive, we made our way to the table. My apologies for the picture qualities; the restaurant is pretty dark.
To start, we had the mushroom with caramelized onion, mozzarella and brie cheese pizza; carpaccio of raw sliced sirloin, fried artichoke, pecorino cheese, arugula, truffle aioli; flash fried calamari, hot cherry peppers, lemon tartar sauce, fried parsley; vegetable spring rolls, Vietnamese dipping sauce, lettuce wrap, fresh mint; cheese stuffed prunes, bacon wrapped, English mustard, and pan roasted scallops, artisan chorizo, green chili honey, toasted corn bread. Phew, and that was just for appetizers!
I had the pizza, spring rolls, calamari and the dates. Everything was so delicious. The spring rolls were crunchy and fresh. And I’m not a big mushroom fan, but I loved the pizza. The mushroom taste was very subtle. And it was oh-so-cheesy.
If that wasn’t enough, I of course ordered a salad just before my meal. I had the apple salad, with baby spinach, aged cheddar, dried cranberries, almonds, poppy seed dressing.
This salad was so fresh, and the tartness of the apple, the sharpness of the cheddar and the creaminess of the poppy seed dressing complimented so well. I had no problem finishing this.
And now for the entrée! I went back and forth on what I wanted to get because their whole menu is delicious. I ultimately decided on the pork osso buco, soft polenta, roasted Brussels sprouts, pancetta.
With osso buco, it’s quite often that the bone kind of takes over the dish; this case was no different. But the meat that was on there was so succulent, moist and sweet. The bone and the fat gave such a great flavor to the dish and it was complimented well with the plain polenta. The sprouts were roasted perfectly, offering a nice little crunch. I ended up not finishing my dish, because I was saving room for dessert. And this restaurant has my favorite dessert (and it’s sister property has my favorite cocktail): the chocolate bread pudding.
I’m not even the biggest chocolate fan out there but when you prepare it in such a way that makes it moist, yet dense, and paired with barely there whipped cream, I will devour it. Pair it with some BR Cohn and you’ve got yourself the perfect little dish.
I don’t know what it is about Sonsie that makes it one of my favorite restaurants. Maybe it’s the café setting during the summer, the intimate dining room, or the something-for-everyone menu. Either way, you can find me there with a glass of cab with a little chocolate remnants on my lips.
Sonsie is located at 327 Newbury Street, Boston.