spoke wine bar (davis square)

spoke

18 months.  That’s about how long it took before my husband and I went out on our very first date since our baby arrived.  Eighteen months!  And in celebration of our 5th anniversary, we wanted to make our first date night special.  Since it was also the very first time we were leaving her in someone else’s care (gasp! that’s a whole other topic for another day!), we didn’t want to venture off too far from home into oh, say like Boston.  The answer: Spoke Wine Bar in Davis Square, Somerville.

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small plates

I read about Small Plates in the February 2008 issue of Lola magazine, so when Renee and I went out for dinner yesterday I suggested that we tried it out. It’s a good thing we did. The food is amazingly good, the atmosphere was nice and cozy, and the prices weren’t outrageous. The waiter was very patient with our gazillion questions about ingredients in a lot of the dishes (Renee didn’t want to make a trip to the E.R. due to an allergic reaction – LOL), and the chef was accomodating to my request to leave out a tomato ingredient. I definitely want to go back with Tony some time.

The entry way to the restaurant off of JFK Street.

This cracked us up!

They have these mini burgers (upper left) where they switch the ingredients inside them each night. This time they had black and regular sesame seeds inside them with tarragon, so I couldn’t eat them but Renee said they were extremely yummy. We shared the scallops (upper right) which were served on top of black sticky rice, and mushrooms (bottom) which were served with roasted garlic and basil infused olive oil. All of it was so delicious!

This is the chicken confit dish which is served with roasted onion, goat cheese, and a tomato confit that I asked them to omit. Very tasty.

For dessert, we had the jasmine rice pudding which was served with a shot of Mexican hot chocolate. Wow.