If you haven't been to the
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston recently, you may not even realize there are
three restaurants to choose from after visiting an exhibit. The Galleria
Cafe located on the first floor is the perfect place to stop for a quick
bite or for an even more relaxed atmosphere, be sure to check out the
We visited Bravo, the newest restaurant at the MFA after viewing Ralph
Lauren's car collection one evening. The dining room, which was recently
remodeled by renowned restaurant designer Peter Niemitz, features rotating
museum pieces, including newly acquired work by Claudio Bravo.
The eclectic menu blends the flavors of local cuisines through seasonally
inspired New England ingredients. "We want every aspect of the Museum
experience to be of the highest quality," said Malcolm Rogers, Ann and
Graham Gund, Director of the MFA. "Bravo presents sumptuous food and
exquisite desserts in a sophisticated, artful and art-filled space."
We started our evening with a bottle of Testarossa Palazzio Pinot Noir 2002,
which was a delightful complement to our Amish cheddar cheese selection,
which was served with oatmeal biscuits, apricot chutney, dates and toasted
pecans. The seared tuna appetizer was delicious, topped with Moroccan
spices, chickpeas, fingerling potatoes and cilantro.
We also shared the lobster stew, a smooth and lightly creamy combination of
spplewood bacon, lobster meat and a large country cracker.
The entrees here should not be missed. Since they were out of the wild
salmon entree, our server promptly suggested the seared diver scallops,
which could be prepared with the same accompaniments as the salmon. I took
her suggestion and it was declared the winner of the evening, served along
with fingerling potatoes, asparagus salad with pistachio basil butter and
My husband sampled the roasted Kurabuta pork chop served with snap peas and
cherry tomato salsa. He enjoyed his dinner tremendously and was happy to
sample the last remaining scallops on my plate.
Bravo is a truly unique experience that should not be missed. For
reservations or more information, call 617-369-3474 or visit the Museum
online at www.mfa.org
at the Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue
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Kellie K. Speed is
a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been
published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí
Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air
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