As Boston is a foodie city, it’s great to see when oldie, but goodie restaurants switch things up. Kinsale (2 Center Place, Government Center)and the sister restaurant Asgard are known for being staple Irish pubs to grab elevated bar food in a comfortable environment. Kinsale brought out bloggers from Blog and Tweet what’s new at Kinsale. First, they’ll getting a bit of a face lift and will soon have a retractable patio which will bring in much more light to the dark wood establishment. It also allow for a front row view to the new Government Center station, making it super accessible. You can also get free all day parking in their lot when you spend $20.00 or more. Kinsale is also great for trivia (Wednesdays) and is one of the few places in the city where you still do Karaoke (Thursdays).
As far as the menu, their truffle oil Truffle Tots are kinda legendary – don’t worry they are still on the menu! – but they’ve added some new and brought in some Irish classics.
We started out our meal with Chef Jamie Mohn choice of Brown Bread – this is actually more of a Boston / American classic rather than an Irish one. The rye based bread is steamed until it is soft and moist. Ours was soaked in maple syrup and was served warm. Yummmm.
The starter was followed up by our first course of either the Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad (caramelized pears, candied nuts, pear chips and balsamic vinaigrette) or the Irish Ale Onion Soup with Brown Bread and Swiss Cheese. I chose the salad – the encrusted goat cheese nugget added a creamy crunch to the fresh greens. I thought there was a little too much salad dressing (I usually feel that way), but it was a quality salad with fresh ingredients that complimented each other well. It wasn’t too sweet with a good balance of salt, savory and sweet.
There were also good reviews on the soup as the brown bread was already a hit with the table, adding it right into the soup gave a pleasing added flavor and texture.
The most of the new items have been added to their brunch, so I tried their new Blueberry Marscapone Pancakes (three blueberry pancakes, sweet marscapone cheese, maple syrup). The pancake was very light and fluffy and chalk full of blueberries. The mascapone was a sweet alternative to butter and only a light drizzling was needed to hold it all together. My only “complaint” was that the serving was large that I couldn’t finish it! If you order it, I suggest sharing it with a friend…or two.
Another item to note formy veggie friends is their a house made Vegetable Burger that you can customize. This blogger decided to add brie and sauteed mushrooms to hers, but it comes with balsamic tomato chutney, arugula, goat cheese on a multi-grain ciabatta. She also swapped out the regular fries for the Truffle Tots (tater tots, truffle oil, Parmesan cheese, sea salt, cracked black pepper) I mentioned earlier – which I believe everyone should do -sharing is optional. I’ve had their vegetable burger before, and it is super hearty and very fresh.
Bloggers also ordered the Cinnamon French Toast (vanilla and egg battered cinnamon swirled toast, raspberry sauce, powdered sugar and warm apple compote) – I’ll just leave this right here:
Bloggers also ordered the Eggs Benedict (two poached eggs, toasted English muffin, black rashers, hollandaise sauce and home fries) which although it gets a 4 for presentation, was well received for its mixture of classic flavors.
After all the great food, it was time for dessert. We had the choices of Mud Pie, Black Cabernet Cheesecake and Flourless Chocolate Torte. I chose the Mud Pie, but to be honest, it was gross! It tasted like it was pre-made frozen and delivered from a nearby Stop n’ Shop! I would highly recommend they bring in one of the fabulous bakery chefs from the area and give them a spot on the menu or serve very simple items like ice cream. Or since their brown bread is so good, how about a bread pudding? I was disappointed about dessert, but that didn’t put a damper on the rest of the meal.
Kinsale is a great spot to have a comfort food meal or a few rounds of great apps and beer. Check out their new brunch items, but skip dessert and just order more Truffle Tots!
Thanks so much Jonathan, Kerrie, Bloggers and Tweet Boston and Boston Bloggers!