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.
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.
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