15 beacon street, boston ma
friday novemeber 12th 2010, 6:30pm-9:00pm
after a day that included tours of both fenway park and the sam adams brewery, we made our way to mooo.... for our 6:30 reservation. mooo.... is a modern steakhouse situated in the historic and affluent beacon hill neighborhood.
our reservation was honored immediately, and we were seated at a nice table featuring chairs with tall backs on one side and a couch with pillows on the other. now anyone who has read my blog has previously probably noticed that the quality of my pictures is not very good. every picture has been taken with my iphone, which does ok in the light, but is quite poor in a darker setting. since i do not want to use the flash in a restaurant, i plan to upgrade to a real camera in the near future.
DISCLAIMER : the above picture is not mine. it was taken directly from the restaurants website. i am using it because that is the EXACT table we were seated at, and my picture of it was a joke. after being seated, we were greeted by a pleasant young man in this thirties. although his name escapes me, his service for the night was exemplary. he had a vast knowledge of the menu, and he was able to carry a conversation with us while not once overstepping or becoming annoying.
mooo.... features a wide variety of al a carte steaks in various qualities. the offerings that night included the standard wet aged beef, dry aged beef, american waygu beef, and australian waygu beef. after looking over the menu and the wine list, we placed our orders.
shortly after placing our orders, bread was quickly delivered. served in the pan they were baked in, the bread was piping hot and absolutely delicous. had it been offered, i would have easily eaten three or four pieces.
to kick off our meal, my wife carrie and i shared an order of the kobe beef dumplings. i had read several rave reviews of this appetizer, and they certainly lived up to the hype. however, given the small portion size, i do wish we had either each gotten our own order, or gotten a second appetizer to share as well.
for wine, we ordered a bottle of the 2007 napa cellars cabernet sauvignon for the table. this was a nice classic california cabernet that perfectly accompanied our steaks. the following is take from napa cellars webitsite:
"The 2007 Napa Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon reveals vibrant aromas of blackberries and plumb that join with nicely integrated oak and vanilla on the palate. This full-bodied Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon cries for beef, lamb and game."
my steak for the evening was listed as a special for the night. cooked medium rare per my request, the cut was a 16oz american waygu ribeye from strube ranch in texas. this would be my first experience with waygu beef of any sort, and easily lived up to its reputation and price tag. amazingly tender and incredibly marbled, ribeye was easily the best tasting steak i have ever had. although my wife is typically not a fan of ribeye steaks, she agreed that the bite i gave her was delicous.
served with a side of bone marrow butter, my wife's steak for the night was her standard filet mignon cooked medium rare. she loved the steak, and claimed it to be a notch above the filets she has had at the standard steak chains such as ruth's chris and capital grille. i was actually not able to sample the filet, as my wife actually finished her entire steak for the first time ever!
on the side, we ordered the lobster mac and cheese. topped with breadcrumbs, the pasta was heavy on the lobster, and was incredibly good. i lived in boston, i could see myself stopping in and eating an order of this at the bar with a beer on a regualar basis.
after giving us a chance to let our meal settle and finish our wine, our server returned to take our dessert orders. i chose the chocolate stout cake, which was a dark chocolate cake with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. my wifes selection, which she failed to photograph, was the creme brulee. while my wife very much enjoyed her choice, i was a bit let down by my cake. while it was not bad by any stretch, it just did not have the rich texture or flavor that i was expecting.
when it was all said and done, my wife and i agreed that mooo.... was easily one of our favorite steakhouse experiences ever. everything about the restaurant worked for us that evening. the atmosphere was great, the decor modern and interesting, the service was without flaw, and the food was wonderfull. i would not hesitate to reccomend mooo.... to anyone looking for a steak dinner in the boston area.