Dinner at Union Boston

As I write this post, I am contentedly full from a delicious dinner at Union Bar and Grille in Boston’s South End. A day of wandering the North End in the heat and wishing I owned the dogs in the South End dog park, we found relief from this late summer heat in Union’s cool, comfortable dining room.

Union Boston

We have been to Union’s bar a few times, once to eat brunch, and a few other times for drinks, but never for dinner. They have a great wine list and are one of the restaurants in Boston that has ventured outside of the traditional wine regions of the world to offer Austrian Gruner Veltliner, a huge plus in my opinion. They also offer reasonably priced wine by the glass from places like Washington, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Since we had never eaten in the dining room, it was a nice surprise to be seated in the very comfortable black banquette lit by some great natural light. The decor is dark, cool, and sleek, very comfortable but really chic.

Union Boston

We were greeted by the restaurant’s manager, Justin, seated, and given a complimentary glass of bubbly to mark the end of Boston Restaurant Week. It was a very nice touch :)

champagne

Fresh, hot cornbread preceded our meals, and while I decided to save room for my three course dinner, my husband thought it was perfect, especially with some creamy, lightly salted butter.

cornbread

For my wine, I decided on the Neapolitan flight which started with a glass of Graham Beck Brut Rosé. As you may know from other posts (wine tasting at Morton’s, Vino Voyage, and my friend’s graduation dinner). Graham Beck unfortunately recently passed away, but his delicious wine certainly lives on and gives us reason to celebrate.

My first course was a fresh, light, and summery soup, Chilled local peach and golden tomato gazpacho, that took advantage of the best local produce at the moment, tomatoes and peaches. I don’t know why I never thought to pair tomatoes and peaches before (but Chef Robin White does in an incredible salad) but it is a magical pairing, the sweetness of ripe peaches accentuating the sweetness and slight acidity of the tomatoes. It was the perfect starter for such a hot evening. The only thing that I personally would have left out was the drizzle of oil on top; it was a little distracting. Otherwise, I could and would eat bowl after bowl of this gazpacho.

peach tomato gazpacho

My second wine was a Sauvignon Blanc from Groth Vineyards in the Napa Valley. It ended up being the perfect choice to pair with the spice of my entree

Oven roasted cape bluefish
with spicy watermelon pickle charred sweet onions,
grilled summer corn and basmati rice pilaf

The spicy watermelon was just luscious and unexpected, complementing the meaty bluefish well. I even enjoyed the sweet summer corn and rice, and I am not usually a fan of rice. Everyone finds it strange that I don’t like rice, but I really rarely enjoy it. Last night was one of those nights.

bluefish

The Restaurant Week menu included a dessert course, and we were completely spoiled for dessert as we were brought out the house special, a maple bread pudding, in addition to the desserts we ordered:

Raspberry spiked chocolate brownies
with pistachio ice cream

Bread and butter pudding
with roasted peaches and vanilla bean ice cream

That’s a lot of dessert for two people! But we managed, with two glasses of Port, to put quite a dent in them, each delicious and decadent in their own way. Justin was completely correct when he said that the maple bread pudding was life changing, and I can see it being a big time autumn craving.

trio of desserts

Union is a great neighborhood restaurant for just about any meal or casual snacks at the bar, which I find to be one of my favorite bar settings in Boston. They provided us with above and beyond hospitality, and we will definitely return. Thanks so much, Justin!

So, it’s Monday again and a pretty busy week leading up to our holiday weekend in the Berkshires. . . and a fall season for lots of travel and fun events. I can’t wait, but it’s also a little bit daunting. One day at a time I guess!

Even though we work until 2:00 on Friday, I am telling myself it is a short week. Ask me again on Thursday how I feel about that!

It was a quiet weekend on the blog traffic front, so in case you missed them, don’t forget to check out summer farmers market roundup, a wine tasting at home, and another cod recipe. Also, I am in the process of updating the Sites I love page. More to come!

Did you eat anything particularly delicious this weekend?

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  1. Amanda Maynard’s avatar

    That looks delicious! I’m not a big foodie or anything but I feel like there’s spectacular restaurants throughout the city that I need to visit. I’ll add this to my list.

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    I’ve never been to Union. Looks like a great spot I’d love to stop in someday! Were you at the St Anthony’s feast?! I only wandered through quickly on sunday….by the time this one rolls around I am almost feast-ed out!! haha.

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  3. Melissa’s avatar

    I’ve been to Union for Restaurant Week before and also loved it.

    It’s part of the Aquataine group of restaurants and it’s one of my favorites. Great wine list, delicious foods. Your post makes me want to go back there for dinner again soon! Glad it’s within walking distance of my apartment.

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  4. Shanna @ Shanna Like Banana’s avatar

    Why do they put oil on top of soup? Silly if you ask me.

    I tried a new Indian restaurant in Palo Alto that was *incredible*. 6 of us went and we all cleaned our plates. Can’t wait to return!

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  5. MichellePC’s avatar

    Looks like a great meal! I also took advantage of fresh peaches this weekend and had homemade peach raspberry pie from Smolak Farms in North Andover. So incredibly delicious!

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  6. 5 Star Foodie’s avatar

    Sounds like a lovely meal! I am definitely intrigued by the combination of peaches and tomatoes in the gazpacho!

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  7. Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    I love pistachio ice cream, I ate it EVERY DAY in France :D

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  8. Brian @ A Thought For Food’s avatar

    Great post! I have been to Union a few times and have enjoyed all my meals there. It’s been a few years since I’ve had dinner there… might be time to return.

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  9. oilguru’s avatar

    Shanna, it’s mostly added for extra flavor.

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  10. Sues’s avatar

    I can’t believe I’ve never been to Union… I LOVE a restaurant that serves cornbread in place of regular old bread :) And though I really liked my peach gazpacho (with cucumbers), I think I need to try adding some tomatoes in! Stunning color!

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  11. Michelle’s avatar

    Like you, I’ve only been to Union for brunch but I definitely want to check it out for dinner! The best thing I ate this weekend was a boiled lobster dinner at Billy’s Barnacle – yum!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      And your lobster tweets have been KILLING me! Good thing the wedding I am going to this wknd is a lobster bake!

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    2. Dana’s avatar

      Sounds like a delicious dinner out! Everything looks awesome, especially the cornbread and the dessert. Can you tell I’m a carboholic lol :)

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    3. Debbie’s avatar

      Boston is my favorite city….I love the fish there…my favorite is Scrod!
      Have you had? it’s so delicious!

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    4. Megan’s avatar

      That peach and tomato gazpacho sounds incredible! And yes, if you only work til 2 on Friday, that’s a short week… definitely!

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    5. viviane bauquet farre / food & style’s avatar

      Oh it’s been a while since I’ve been to Union in Boston… But you’re making me think it would be worth a weekend away from NY city! Lovely post. The gazpacho looks heavenly!

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