The Regal Beagle describes itself as “affordable, but upscale . . . a true neighborhood bistro.” And . . . yeah, it’s right. The food is high quality, familiar but interesting, and always good. I have been for brunch repeatedly but returned recently to try out its new spring dinner menu. I was also secretly hoping that German Chocolate Cake would be a dessert special since I am on a quest for the perfect slice of that heavenly confection. Alas, it was not, but I made do.
What I was unable to make do with was the lighting. The lights were turned down twice while I was there, setting a very romantic tone for a totally unromantic dinner with a college friend. Normally I would go back and re-shoot the mac and cheese with truffle oil and tasso ham, or the trout filet over arugula and barley salad seasoned amply with lemon. The Velvet 75 and Sassy Coworker, two light, spring-appropriate drinks that I loved, were quiet studies on green, but you will have to see that for yourself. (As you should. Go. Go now.)
So why am I bothering to even post? I promise to go back and record these beauties for you, or ones from the brunch menu (can’t. help. myself.) but I could not – COULD NOT – not tell you about this cake:
Friends, meet the Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with Coffee Gelato and Amarena Cherries. I was pretty much sold on this when I saw it on the menu, and doubly so when asked if I wanted dessert after two drinks. Now, I do have one complaint: the texture of the cake is not quite right. It is somewhere between a flourless cake and a normal cake, and cake should be one or the other – never in between. As noted by the waiter though, the kitchen is still working out the kinks on the spring menu, so if you want chocolate and coffee awesomeness, give this a go.
While the texture isn’t ace, the flavor is. Dark, cocoa-like chocolate flavor melds with the coffee gelato for a classic pairing that is set off by the cherries. Saveur describes these cherries as “a fleshy, dark red variety with a flavor that’s both sweet and scrumptiously bitter (or amare in Italian).” The tartness contrasts with the sweetness of the gelato and makes the flavor of the cake pop. And they’re also kind of sexy looking.
As you can tell, I enjoyed my meal at Regal Beagle from start to finish, and I hope you visit them in Coolidge Corner soon. I’ll definitely be back. In the daytime. When it’s sunny . . .