Within the past twelve months, Boston has three new restaurants that have delicious food, good service, and a lively vibe. Add Giulia to this list, which opened nearly two years ago, and suddenly we have four places where it’s fun to dine out.
Bar Boulud, Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, and The Shepherd.
You have on that list of three restaurants a first-rate and informal French place (BB), a wonderful trattoria style place (BPE), and a terrific neighborhood joint with a nod to France (TS).
The Shepherd opened two nights ago.
I was with my friend N last night. We started out with drinks at The Beat Hotel. Then walked to Giulia. On the way, we saw that The Shepherd had just opened. A smidge on the geezer side in terms of clientele, but a well-lit room with simple wooden tables and chairs, and pleasant, eager service. The meal: Raw oysters (Wellfleet), soft shell crab with beets, duck liver, and gnudi with morels and pea shoot greens. Honestly, the kind of food I cook at home.
I think we’re going to see a trend of restaurants where the emphasis is on well-plated, well-defined food that isn’t about fat, offal, and salt.