Alden & Harlow

40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Eeeep it’s been a while since I’ve last posted, and that’s mostly thanks to MIT being MIT. And then spring break happened, and then MIT happened again. But now that I have a little more breathing room, I can finally tell you guys about the new awesome places I’ve tried out in the past few weeks! First up is my brunch with Joyce at Alden & Harlow in Harvard Square. I’d classify it as a trendy American spot, with dim lighting, aesthetically pleasing decorations, and (of course) small plates.

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The brunch plates are in the $13-$15 range, and our waitress encouraged us to order two dishes per person because of their light portion sizes. Joyce and I opted to just share two plates, and even though it was not nearly enough to fill us up, our brunch still gave us a sense of this restaurant’s food and atmosphere. First up was the Croissant Toad in the Hole, which was a small croissant with a poached egg in the middle, topped with jam and gravy. It was a relatively savory brunch dish, and the runny yolk from the poached egg soaked up the croissant well.

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We also tried the Picked Corn Pancakes, which were three tiny corn pancakes topped with fruit, mint, bacon jam, and cream. The pancakes, albeit small, had a delightful texture, and the bacon jam was more like a bunch of pork nubs that complemented the other sweet toppings.

All in all, I’d love to try more of Alden & Harlow’s menu, but it’s hard to get past the price to quantity ratio of their dishes. “They had tiny tapas-size portions but deliciously caloric bites!” Joyce said. “Both the pickled corn pancakes and croissant toad in a hole were a mix of sweet and salty.” 7/10

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