DBar, Dorchester, Boston

DBar is a great place to have a few drinks, eat an entree or two and dance your Friday night away if the DJ’s on, whether you are part of the GLBT community or not. We were there for a friend’s birthday and we were purposely seated in a spot we were meant to be seen, the hightops on the left side of the room.

Executive Chef Chris Coombs’ vision of serving trend-setting fresh, local, seasonally inspired menus is apparent. This bar and restaurant used to be Ned Kelly’s a long time ago and Dbar has changed the dark Irish pub into a hip hotspot. There is also an amazing organic rooftop garden, which supplies them with fresh herbs and vegetables.

Cocktails here are delicious. Neither overpowering or underwhelming and that’s a great place to be. Flavors were fresh and never artificial tasting.

Raspberry Lime Ricky (left)- Russian Raspberry elixir with fresh sours, framboise liqueur, and ginger fizz $8.50

Passion Fruit & Blood Orange Cosmo (right) $8.50, a tantalizing twist to the traditional cosmopolitan that will leave you on the floor begging for more

That’s exactly what the menu says folks. When a drink claims all these things and delivers, why would you ever doubt it? It’s as good as they say it is. I’ll admit, I’m a sucker for fresh fruit puree, especially passion fruit.

Crispy Duck Confit- Mushroom Risotto, Spinach and Pomegranate Sauce $ Special

I adore duck and this one delivers compared to other restaurants in Boston sheerly because the skin is actually wonderfully crisp. Sometimes you order duck confit and the skin is warm, flabby and unappetizing. I was really impressed at how well this duck turned out. The risotto was chock full of savory mushrooms but a tiny bit heavy on the butter for my tastes.

Grilled Hanger Steak & Gratinee- 7 oz angus beef, 13 Layer Au Gratin of Potato, Squash, and Root Vegetables with Glazed Broccoli & bordelaise sauce for $22

The hanger steak here is perfectly seasoned and cooked to a nice medium rare. The bordelaise sauce was not overpowering. They were out of broccoli, so I ended up with green beans, but that is ok. The gratin is superb. The use of various vegetables actually makes it different than the standard potato gratin you usually see.  I’m going to try and recreate this gratin at home sometime, stay tuned to see what my attempt turns out like.

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake- Vanilla Ice Cream and seasonal fruit $8

Chocolate is always decadent when it’s rich, sweet and fudgy, almost like a brownie, much like this cake is. The ice cream only adds to that decadence especially when you get to share your dessert.

I definitely recommend that you check out DBar, whether it’s for weekend brunch, dinner or drinks. I’ll be sure to come back to try other dishes and cocktails on the menu because they are creative and are moderately-priced. We went on a winter night, but would like to return in better weather to enjoy their much-talked-about patio.

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