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.
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.
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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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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