Each time I head to the Back Bay area I always seem to find a parking spot right around the corner from Post 390. Every. Single. Time. Do you think I just jinxed it?!
When it was my turn to pick a restaurant for my friend Megan and I to meet up for dinner I immediately thought of Post 390. I had heard some good things and was looking to give it a try.
When we walked in I immediately fell in love with the warm décor, large fireplace, and that super cozy feeling the downstairs bar gives off. Post 390 describes itself as a contemporary twist on a tavern and I can totally see that at first glance.
We were seated in the upstairs dining room at a table close to another fireplace and flanked by large floor to ceiling windows. It was a lovely view of the city!
We started off our dinner with a drink and some oysters. My Grape Express drink was crisp, fresh and fruity without being syrupy. The drink is a combo of house made grape infused vodka, white cranberry, moscato and frozen grapes. Its like the pretty sister of a dirty martini.
The oysters were a mix of Island Creeks and something else. Honestly, I can’t remember the other oyster and I didn’t really taste that much of a difference in the two. The Island Creek oysters were firm and super briny. Just the way I like my oyster! The cocktail sauce they serve with their oysters was quite tasty too. I found myself kind of wanting to hold on to the sauce just in case I found anything later in the meal to dip into it. Classy huh?
Eric Brennan, the Executive Chef, has put together a menu that focuses on fresh season ingredients that is both simple, but memorable. Did he hit the mark? I should say so!
It was chilly out and I was looking for something warm and comforting. Pasta does that for me. I went for the Fettuccini with Smoked Chanterelles ($21) with some additions of sugar pumpkin, dried cranberries and whipped ricotta. The bits of sweetness from the cranberries and pumpkin were such a great pairing with the smokiness of the mushrooms and richness of the ricotta. I took half of this home with me and thought about it in my fridge the entire night. I would return to Post 390 just for this plate!
Megan opted for the Grilled Atlantic Salmon dish ($29). This one was a little different than the menu option now, but the basic idea was the same. This HUGE steak was paired with a mingling of clams, chorizo, and baby potatoes. She enjoyed every last drop of this dish. I’m going to take that as a two thumbs up from her.
Before we knew how big our servings would be we had ordered a few sides to split. The grilled broccolini ($6) with fire roasted peppers and red onion was attacked by us first. Everything had a nice grilled flavor, but I wish there had been a little more broccolini on the plate. We only had two spears and the rest of the plate was the pepper & onion goodies.
We also split the brussels sprouts ($7) that were flavored with miso and sesame. The unique flavors were what made us order this and how they all melded together is what makes me want to make this dish at home. I couldn’t get over how well miso went with brussels. Did you have any idea?!
A note about the service. Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the menu, but at times I felt he was a little pushy trying to get us to order additional drinks or apps. I could see that it might be an uncomfortable experience for someone who wasn’t as vocal about what they do or don’t want during their meal.
As we were leaving I was surprised to see how busy the entire restaurant was. On a Monday night both bars were full, the private dining area was packed and there were plenty of people sitting in the dining area. Post 390 gets points for a great cozy but bustling atmosphere. They also get points for a unique drink menu and nice selection on the raw bar menu. The food was tasty and I thoroughly enjoyed the seasonal approach to cooking. The price point was a bit high for me for an after work dinner, but definitely worth a drop-in for a nice treat!
*Note: I paid for this meal all by myself. No one invited me here (except for Megan) and this review is filled with my own honest opinions. Thanks!*