There’s a new kid on the block (the block on Washington St. that intersects with West Dedham to be more specific) and that new kid is BOMA, which recently inhabited the space where Pho Republique once lived.
I’ll be honest, I was a bit skeptical from the start. Although we arrived for dinner on the earlier side, the place was completely empty when we walked in. The space looked great, high ceilings, exposed brick, lots of grey leather and warm wooden accents– I was into it, but some of the decor seemed a little off. I’m not sure how I feel about the oversized $10 bill hanging above the bar, but to each their own. Service was a bit awkward, although nice, and I was not a big fan of the cocktail list or any of the cocktails we ended up ordering for that matter. Everything was either too sweet, too bitter, or just didn’t balance out the way I had hoped. Wine quickly became the obvious choice for me, and I decided to keep an open mind.
The menu was a bit scattered, I couldn’t really tell what they were going for. Lots of small plates, all of which sounded appealing, but no clear inspiration coming from one region in particular. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that everything started to turn around as soon as the food began hitting the table.
Pizzette, Wild Fall Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Spinach, Fontina Cheese and Sage
Kale and Shaved Fennel Salad, Oranges, Radish and Roasted Almonds
Warmed Medley of Roasted Beets, Vermont Goat Cheese and Frisee
We went with the four small plates above, which were all pretty delightful. Light and fresh with the perfect mix of flavors and textures. And a few hints of fun color.
We also went for two larger dishes to share.
The Chestnut Ravioli served with Crispy Duck Confit, Rapini, and Pistachio Cream. This dish was a little light on the ravioli (it only came with 5) which was a shame, because they were absolutely delicious, but I can’t act like I wasn’t full after eating my share of the Roasted Buttercup Squash which came overflowing with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, Spinach, Wheat Berry, Corn Pilaff and Cranberries as pictured below.
This was unlike any dish I’ve ever tried. It was a really great vegetarian options, as were a lot of the starters we apps we had ordered.
For dessert I had to go for the Apple Cinnamon Bread Pudding, which came with a side of cider anglaise. The perfect finish to a delightful dinner at the new BOMA.