Running a steakhouse in Boston can be a difficult
task because there are so many fine ones in the city. Choosing which one to go to can be
an even more difficult task. But if you are looking for an affordable steakhouse, be sure
to check out Grill 23.
Located in what was once the commodities trading floor of the old
Salada Tea Company, this popular Back Bay restaurant has emerged as one of the citys
most popular restaurants.
When we walked into Grill 23, we were surprised at how open the
seating appeared. The two-floored dining room focuses on an open-air kitchen where guests
can watch Executive Chef Jay Murray prepare each signature dish.
Whether you are looking for a dry-aged sirloin or the fresh catch of the day, Grill 23
seemed to have it all on the menu.
We sampled the pan fried crab cake ($12), which was crisp but seemed
somewhat overpriced for one cake. We also tried the jumbo shrimp cocktail ($11), four
pieces which were served fresh and tender.
Dont forget to try the New England clam chowder ($7), an
unusually light mixture with bacon and chives.
The salads here are extraordinary. I ordered the buffalo mozzarella
and heirloom tomato salad ($9) and my dining companion ordered the Caesar salad ($8),
which we both declared a success.
The wine list here is truly amazing. Grill 23 features red reserves
like a 1982 Chateau Margaux vintage which goes for a handsome $975 per bottle. The less
costly Merlots and cabernet sauvignons are also the most popular.
If you dont mind cigar smoking and a somewhat boisterous crowd,
be sure to check out this restaurant. Unfortunately, when the restaurant gets filled, the
noise level rises tremendously.
For our main course, I tried the pan seared Chilean sea bass ($24), a
fresh catch topped with sweet pea coulis and wild flower honey. My companion selected the
18 ounce New York sirloin ($29), a tender signature special.
The menu is offered a la carte, as usual in most steakhouses. The
baked stuffed potatoes ($5) are outstanding.
Dont forget to save room for dessert. We tried the passion
fruit cheesecake with cashew shortbread crust and topped with mixed berry coulis and the
chocolate bon bon. All desserts were $8.
No one must ever leave this restaurant hungry but like us, they are
always left with the need to come back again.
Grill 23 & Bar
161 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Dinner: Mon.-Thurs. 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5:30 to 11
p.m. and Sun. 5:30 to 10 p.m.
Major credit cards accepted
Valet parking available
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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
Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and
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Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland,
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