Franklin Restaurant Group serves up a contemporary spin on Jewish cuisine.
Steak entrecôte with horseradish, broccoli peanut pesto and charred broccoli rabe.
The Old World gets a makeover with the bold, spice-forward dishes at Our Fathers Deli and Gin Bar, holding court in the first floor of the new, luxury Continuum Apartments. “We are pulling inspiration, dishes and ingredients of the diverse Jewish diaspora,” says Dave DuBois, co-owner with Phil Audino of Our Fathers. “We’re pulling from North Africa to the Middle East, and west to the Iberian Peninsula and Eastern Europe.” The duo also owns the wildly popular Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar in Fenway.
For Our Fathers, the duo decided to focus heavily on one spirit: gin. The restaurant offers 100 gins served in 25- plus cocktails, including a separate martini menu with eight offerings. “Our Fathers is unapologetically a gin bar,” says Beverage Director Kayla Quigley. “Yes, we have a great wine and beer list as well as a full bar, but gin, an often overlooked and underappreciated spirit, is where we like to shine the spotlight.” And the thing is, it deserves the love. A French 75 pairs perfectly with succulent grilled octopus, a dish so good you’ll want to order a second serving (we did!), and the flaky challah-wrapped cod plays harmoniously with a Bee’s Knees. Dessert should not be overlooked, as halvah is spun into a soft candylike confection, and not-so-typical chocolate mousse comes topped with homemade sesame candy brittle and mint that sends spoons clanging against the empty glass.
“This food is deep in flavors and traditional spices, but modernized to feel fresh and new,” says chef Jameson Poll, citing a traditional matzo ball soup brightened with Yemenite-inspired spices and fresh dill. Poll knows his stuff, having most recently worked at Dizengo, a Chelsea Market favorite turning out Israeli cuisine. While the food and drink at Our Fathers are cause for excitement, diners will also want to snag a seat on the 20-person patio and raise a cocktail in celebration when it opens this spring.
197 N. Harvard St., 617.303.0101, ourfathersboston.com
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