Review: Gluten Sensitive Menu at City Table Restaurant

City Table is a casual, yet elegant restaurant located in the Back Bay, where you can enjoy breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, dinner or late night snacks. The cozy space, tucked into the Lenox Hotel, is the perfect place to take refuge after a long day of shopping on Newbury Street, a great option for a date night, or an inviting hangout to have drinks with friends.Screen shot 2013-11-25 at 4.10.40 PM

Owned and operated by The Briar Group, City Table is one of three restaurants within the Group that offer a Gluten Sensitive Menu—the other two are Anthem Kitchen + Bar and MJ O’Connor’s. Click here for my review of MJ O’Connor’s and click here for my review of Anthem.

The Gluten Sensitive menu offers a nice selection of appetizers and entrées. It’s always nice when a restaurant offers a separate menu for gluten sensitivities; this certainly beats having to ask the server about every single menu item. On that note, the menu clearly states that the kitchen does not have a dedicated gluten free portion of the kitchen and cross contamination is possible. So please be advised.IMG_5283

The creative menu focuses on fresh, local ingredients and chef-inspired, regional touches. Whenever and wherever possible the chefs use organic, sustainable, or local products.

The inventive cocktail menu features unique drink creations as well as some popular classics. I opted for a good ole Margarita. It was delicious and not made with orange juice (thank you very much). It didn’t taste strong, but it certainly was.IMG_5274

Jeremy had the classic Moscow Mule, made with ketel one, ginger beer, bitters, and lime juice. We were both pleased with our drinks.

We shared the House Made Potato Chips ($6) as an appetizer. These were served warm with a truffle and chive dipping sauce. The chips were very good, crispy but not too greasy, and a perfect appetizer to share.

IMG_5276I had the Grilled Snapper ($27) with coconut rice, Thai red curry, and grilled corn salsa. The fish was cooked perfectly and had great flavor. We also really enjoyed the coconut rice. The Thai red curry sauce was super spicy. The corn salsa had way too much vinegar and was far too acidic.IMG_5277

Jeremy ordered the local pan roasted cod ($26), served with Wellfleet clams, pancetta, and braised white beans, in a shellfish broth. The flavors were well-balanced, but the cod was dry. The beans and cod pairing was weird also. The texture of the two together was strange and left a waxy sensation in your mouth. We thought the dish needed a more solid base, like pasta, risotto, or rice.IMG_5278

Overall we really enjoyed our dinning experience. We were both pleasantly surprised with the ambiance, which was much more upscale than I expected. We enjoyed the brightly lite, warm, and laid back ambiance of the dinning room. The meals, for the most part, were delicious, as were the drinks.IMG_5273

Disclaimer: I received this meal of charge, with the exception of gratuity. I was not paid for my review and all opinions are my own.

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I've been on a gluten free diet since January 2009. It's been an adventure, and a challenge at times. I love to go to new restaurants and try new foods, and being gluten free can make eating out difficult at times. But I will not let my dietary restrictions get in my way of finding new restaurants and products. These are my stories of being a young women in a big city, eating out and trying new foods, all while NOT eating gluten. Like I said, it's an adventure and you are welcome to come along... Please note that as I try to eat gluten free 100% of the time, my intolerance is not as severe as others so please use caution when dining at restaurants that are not certified gluten free.