Maybe it was the fact that it was a Friday night and at 8PM they treated the restaurant like a club, but my first impression of Foundry on Elm in Davis Square was less than stellar.
David and I arrived right on time for our 8:15 reservation and before entering, two “bouncers” asked us for our ID. I was a little turned off at that point because I thought we were going to eat dinner, not drink the night away at a bar. Anywho, we showed our IDs and went inside to find out that our table was ready for us. Our table which was right next to the bar and a high top. Not the best scenario for David but since he knew I had wanted to try this place out, he put on a brave face for the evening.
Our server was great throughout the entire evening. Even though it was a crazy busy night, she was still there when we needed her, and we were even in and out of dinner in less than an hour (our doing; we weren’t rushed). To start the evening, I had the Butternuts Pork Slap beer. It’s a smooth, delicious beer and I love the name of it. David had a Samuel Smith Cider.
When our beers were brought out, mine was in a can, David’s was in a bottle and we had one glass. I ended up drinking mine out of the can. I probably could have asked for another glass but I just went with it. (David grabbed the glass before I could. )
For an appetizer, we ordered the fried calamari with aioli, pepper relish and basil.
The dish was certainly delicious; I LOVED the pepper relish! But I felt like for $11 the size was kind of lacking.
For an entrée, I was torn between quite a few dishes. I finally settled on the croque monsieur with black forest ham and gruyere with a side salad.
Unfortunately I was kind of disappointed in this dish. As a ham and slightly-melted cheese sandwich on toasted bread, it was yummy. But maybe my idea of a croque monsieur is skewed? I thought it would be way meltier and the cheese would actually be sticking to the bread, almost like you would need a knife and fork to eat it. Maybe I’m wrong and being way too critical? Either way, it was yummy but I guess not exactly what I was imagining. I will say that the side salad wasn’t very good; there were a lot of butt-ends of the romaine lettuce stock that I ended up picking out.
While we were eating, there were patrons gathering around the bar area and a few times, they actually bumped into David. It wasn’t exactly the most pleasant atmosphere to be in. Like I said earlier, we were in and out in under an hour.
For dinner, on a weekend evening, I would probably stay away from Foundry, unless you like the bar scene more than the dining scene. I have heard great things about their brunch; that would probably be way more up my alley.
Foundry is located at 255 Elm Street in Davis Square, Somerville, MA.