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.
When the hostess saw me taking photos, she took me around the restaurant and showed me their wine collection.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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:
SOCIAL TASTING WITH CHEESE AT BIN26:
PRIVATE TOUR OF ALIMENTARI, WITH PIZZETTES AND WINE:
WINE DINNER WITH PERSIAN CUISINE: