Grafton Street may look like your average student pub from the outside, but the food is surprisingly good. The restaurant seems to cater to both the students of Harvard - the university which is literally only a few steps away - and a crowd of more critical eaters. The inside is a combination of a pub and a trendy restaurant, which can also be said about the menu. For students and less adventurous people, there's some pizzas and burgers ($9 -$13) and even those look stunning. The real surprise here is the combination of flavors and presentation. A roasted beet salad ($9) does not excite very much on paper, but the way that Grafton street presented it was pure magic. The dish was visually stunning (see photo) and the combination of french feta, candied walnuts, mint, and a cumin vinaigrette was absolutely to die for. The mains are equally impressive: the one that appealed to me most was the sweet potato ravioli ($18). The ravioli was cooked to perfection and the brown butter sauce with pickled cranberries, Parmesan, crispy sage and hazelnuts really elevated this dish. Although the meal was very satisfying, curiosity made me also want to order the rosemary truffle frites ($5). Although they were slightly too salty, they proved again that the chef really knows how to make flavors come together and how to provide a new twist to known dishes. Well worth a visit when going to Harvard.
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