Alden & Harlow | Harvard Square Cambridge, MA

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one of the most anticipated openings this winter was alden & harlow by chef Michael Scelfo who used to work for Russell House Tavern.

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the restaurant is pretty spacious.

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it was a rough start of the night: not only we were fighting on the way there, we got seated next to the crazy bright green exit light which pretty much f’ed up all my pictures. they were also out of my fave mezcal drink and the lamb sirloin dish i really really wanted.

pickled green beans
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MARKET CRUDO (Cauliflower Kimchee, Chili Oil, Uni Aioli)
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Skate Cheeks – delish, buttery.
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ISLAND CREEK OYSTER GRATIN (Uni, Creamed Leeks & Guanciale)
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CLAMS FROM PAT WOODBURY (Smoked Pig Tail, Parsley & Chile Toast) – i usually dont care for clams, but i really enjoyed this one. the smoked pig tail def adds another layer of flavors.
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WOOD ROASTED BEEF NECK (Parsnips, Vinegar, Radishes)
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CHICKEN FRIED LOCAL RABBIT (Celery, Apple, Blue Cheese, Chili Oil)
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CRISPY BERKSHIRE PORK BELLY (Cold Smoked Grits, Roasted Kumquat, Earl Grey Cure) – anything you wish for in a piece of pork belly although i thought the skin couldve been not so hard.
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GRILLED FOIE GRAS (Spiced Fruit, Sherry Vinegar, Warm Crumpet)
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SECRET BURGER (Our 8oz House Creekstone Grind, Your Faith, House Made Roll) – ugh pork belly also has to order the burger. nothing special
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SINGLE COMPOSED CHEESE SELECTION
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ROASTED PARSNIP COBBLER (Ginger Ice Cream, Blueberries, Star Anise)
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i really liked the ambience, very spacious but still cozy and casual. service was ok. i just remembered the mushrooms i ordered never came as im writing this post. anyways, we def enjoy all of our small plates, all very solid and well executed. BUT we all hated the desserts. i really didnt want to order any desserts because none of them looked appealing to me but pork belly really insisted. the cheese was passable i guess, how can you hate cheese, but the roasted parsnip cobbler was terrible. i couldnt even swallow it. if you are not into ‘salty desserts’ either and still craving some sweet endings to the dinner, i suggest walking down the street to LA Burdick Chocolate. for the most part, it was an enjoyable dinner and i ll def come back to try the mezcal drink and lamb dish soon.

Alden & Harlow
40 Brattle St
Cambridge, MA 02138
Harvard Square
Phone number (617) 864-2100
aldenharlow.com

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