At the last minute I arranged a dinner for 15 of our staff at 80 Thoreau. When I called I spoke to Ian, the owner who was gracious and figured a way to fit us in. Our group arrived at different times, and they were made comfortable at the bar which is a great space with a ton of character. When we had all arrived, we were escorted to our tables which were right outside the open kitchen, a favorite spot for me. What was astounding was the lack of yelling between the chefs; highly choreographed and only once did Chef call for a little more hustle.
The kitchen turned out 15 starters on time and over the top- I had crisp gnocchi which was as advertised- crisp on the outside and like velvet on the inside. The menu is tight and varied but small and focused, which was great. Our group ordered everything from a burger (not on the menu) to the wild boar and papperdelle, to the steak, chicken and several of us had the lamb two ways; the lamb two ways- loin and belly- and the accompanying beans and sauces were a perfect compliment to both.
The wine list is not big but a tremendous variety from many different countries and regions. We started with a Loire Valley Cabernet Franc which was fine and drinkable but a little immature for the sophistication of the food. We stepped up to a Saint Emilion Bordeaux which was rich and full-bodied- a perfect compliment to virtually every dish served.
Oh the train comment? It's located on the top floor of the old train station in Concord- look for the blue door and go up the stairs and you'll agree that you have arrived.
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