Deuxave Delicious

I have been a huge fan of Dorchester’s dbar ever since we bought our condo in the neighborhood almost 5 years ago. I have always had exceptional meals and cocktails there and, as a result, am a huge fan of Chef Chris Coombs. We ate brunch and dinner at dbar many many times, cheered Chef Coombs on when he appeared on Chopped, and when I heard that he was opening Deuxave at the crossroads of Commonwealth and Massachusetts Avenues, I knew I had to try it immediately.

A delightful Thursday night date was just the occasion. After work and some wandering, I escaped the rain in Deuxave’s comfy, sleek, gray interior.

Deuxave

When the hostess saw me taking photos, she took me around the restaurant and showed me their wine collection.

Deuxave

Deuxave

Lots of brick and gray create a warm, serene, environment. Gray happens to be one of my favorite colors. Rather than finding it drab or depressing, I find it very soothing and think that it works very well in a food and wine environment.

The bartender at Deuxave was warm, friendly, and incredibly knowledgeable. When I sat down, he quickly asked if I wanted a glass of sparkling wine, like he read my mind. He poured me a glass of Varichon-Clerc Blanc de blancs, a very dry sparkling wine made in the Methode Champenoise in France. It was the perfect choice. While I sipped my bubbly, I listened to the bartender telling the people next to me how much Chef Coombs relies on local food such as corn from Ward Farm in Sharon, MA, greens from Excelsior Farm in Western Massachusetts, and halibut and lobster from Scituate. As a result, as you would imagine, the menu is due to change very soon to reflect what is fresh, seasonal, and local.

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As soon as my husband arrived, we decided to be seated, and while looking at the menu and extensive wine list, snacked on chewy rolls and fresh French butter.

butter

Deuxave’s wine list is diverse and has a number of wines by the glass. Most bottles range from $40 to $80, making a bottle a great choice.

We needed the lobster gnocchi: “Night Moves” Scituate Lobster with Gnocchi ~Potato Gnocchi, Mushrooms, Corn, Green Grapes, Curried Walnuts, & Pearl Onions in a Citrus Fricassee with Fresh Herbs

lobster gnocchi

We nearly licked the plate clean. Perfectly tender lobster chunks, including claw, with pillowy gnocchi, nicely caramelized onions and curried walnuts!

To wave goodbye to the summer season and all of its glorious produce, I opted for the vegetarian dish for my entree: A Vegetarian Celebration of Summer ~ Ragoût of Wards Farm Corn & Hand Made Gnocchi, Porcini’s, Tempura Celeries, Fried Blue Araucana Egg, Pousse Pied & Tomato Salad, Radish, Saffron- Heirloom Tomato Coulis, & Aged Balsamic

Deuxave vegetarian

Everything was incredibly fresh, and the egg was firm on the outside and slightly runny in the middle. I mopped up the yolk with more gnocchi and corn.

Earlier in the evening we had seen the French fries go by, so we had to order some of those as well. Best. fries. ever. Salty and crispy with a hint of rosemary, served with a side of spicy aioli and ketchup, these were most definitely some of the most delicious fries I have ever had, and quite reminiscent of the amazing fries at dbar :)

Deuxave french fries

We finished with a recommendation from our server, the chocolate Napoleon, which married layers of firm chocolate with flaky crust, sweet ice cream, and stewed cherries.

Chocolate Napoleon

Chocolate Napoleon

We demolished it, despite being really full.

The service at Deuxave was second to none. My husband was drinking a nice Rioja early in the evening, but when his bolognese pasta came out, our server recommended a spicy Grenache Syrah which was the perfect pairing. He truly knew his stuff and was completely friendly, not too invasive, and someone we want to see again.

Chef Coombs was out and about, we learned later, talking to his pastry chef’s family. Overheard, Chef Coombs was looking forward to making homemade baby food for their baby. He is adorable, young, fresh, and insanely talented.

Deuxave gets 2 thumbs up, 5 stars, whatever your top rating would be for ambience, service, knowledge, thought, food, and wine. Simply fabulous.

If you live in Boston, you should know that Boston Wine Week is next week! There are some great events planned by Red, White, Boston. Check them out!

FREE GIGANTIC TASTING FOR BLOGGERS:
http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs059/1102037576010/archive/1103693066347.html

SOCIAL TASTING WITH CHEESE AT BIN26:
http://redwhitebostonbin26.eventbrite.com/

PRIVATE TOUR OF ALIMENTARI, WITH PIZZETTES AND WINE:
http://redwhitebostonbina.eventbrite.com/

WINE DINNER WITH PERSIAN CUISINE:
http://redwhitebostonlalarokh.eventbrite.com/

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  1. MelissaNibbles’s avatar

    Wow! The food looks amazing. The dessert is calling my name. I really like their decor too.

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  2. Emily’s avatar

    Thanks for the review! I never venture to Dorchester… there are so many hidden gems (or at least gems in other neighborhoods) in this city. I should definitely make the trek for this one!

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  3. Emily’s avatar

    oops – looks like I confused the location of dbar and Deuxave! either way, good to know about both!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I should have been more clear about that! Deuxave is at the corner of Mass and Comm Ave’s. But dbar is fantastic. I have eaten there maybe 15 times over the years, and every bite was delicious. They have a great cocktail list and a brunch that is to die for. Also check out Ashmont Grill in my hood :) Dorchester definitely has its own great food culture!

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    2. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

      I am soooooo jealous that you went!!! I love Chef Coombs as well-and I cannot WAIT to try out this latest venture. Every photo I’ve seen he is so artfully utilizing flowers in his presentations- it is SO gorgeous!!!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        He is SO talented and absolutely adorable and seems like a really nice person. I am happy he has such a prime location. If you ever need a Deuxave dinner date, let me know :)

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        1. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

          I may just take you up on that! Thank you!!!! I agree- he is completely adorable and so nice!

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        2. Michelle’s avatar

          I definitely want to check this place out. I also laughed out loud that you “needed” the lobster gnocchi. If I saw something like that on the menu, I’d need it too :-) Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow!

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            We seriously were scraping the plate with the serving spoon to get every last drop of the sauce!

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          2. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

            I love gray too. Can’t wait to try Deuxave. Good review!

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          3. Janel’s avatar

            Your review confirms that I need to get to this restaurant stat! And thanks for posting about the upcoming Boston wine events. I just might have to go to one (or all!).

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          4. Daisy’s avatar

            Amazing review! I want to check this place out asap!

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          5. Megan’s avatar

            Great recap and pictures! I walked by there last weekend or the weekend before and really loved the exterior… am looking forward to trying the food at some point too. I am always impressed when eggs like that are cooked properly with a runny yolk. :)

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          6. Anne@ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

            Hmm.. maybe we should move to Boston, you have all kinds of fun stuff going on :)

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          7. Skylar’s avatar

            Looks amazing, I miss Boston so much!

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          8. Jason Phelps’s avatar

            Thanks for the info on Wine Week. With so many other things going on this week I can’t find any time to check any of the events out. I’m thinking that is a sign of a problem. I am going to the Wine Riot next month so at least I have that to look forward to!

            Jason

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            1. traveleatlove’s avatar

              Have you been to Wine Riot before? Lots of people love it; I’d be curious to know what you think. Here is the post from the one that I went to: http://traveleatlove.com/2010/04/marathon-weekend/

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              1. Jason Phelps’s avatar

                I haven’t yet, but we do have tickets for the 1-5 PM riot on October 23rd. Are you going again this time around?

                Jason

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                1. traveleatlove’s avatar

                  I wouldn’t go again; my experience last time was really unpleasant. It felt like most of the crowd got in with fake ID’s. I am curious to hear your experience though, because other people who went the same weekend as I did loved it.

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                2. Alicia’s avatar

                  mmmm – this looks so yummy! I want those fries right now!

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