A couple of weekends ago, several local bloggers were invited to Oak Long Bar + Kitchen to see what brunch at this historic, yet fabulously updated central Boston landmark was all about.
We gathered around a few gorgeous tables and sunk into elegantly comfortable couches and cushy director-style chairs and within minutes felt like perhaps we’d never leave. The setting is stunning, comfortable, and surprisingly filled with natural light. It takes you out of the city for a moment even though you are a stone’s throw from Copley Square. Just two sips in to my Red Oak cocktail of grapefruit, vodka and brachetto I had already planned my return visits for brunch with my daughter after her dance class, drinks with friends at the bar one evening, a lunch date with my girlfriend and dinner date with my husband here.
I loved my flatbread with egg and Porchetta. The charcuterie and cheese board was truly impressive and delicious. I could nibble on that board and have a glass of wine at the bar for dinner any night if the week.
Despite the fact that I use it quite often, I am not a part of the Kale propaganda team. I do enjoy a good fall salad though, so I wanted to try the baby kale salad. It was beautiful, had an assortment of kales and was indeed delicious topped with blackberries, candied walnuts, and a tasty vinaigrette.
The bread that came at the beginning if the meal was warm and a knob of honey butter melted into the center. When you bit into the warm bread, salt crystals crunched as your teeth sunk into the mie (soft inside ) and the sweetness of the butter made the flavours of the herbs sprinkled on top really come to life on your palate.
I will come again for the food and linger just a little or a lot for the atmosphere and feeling you get just being in the space tucked away in the middle of the city. Somewhere grandiose yet somehow comforting and welcoming: elegant, historic hotel meets farmhouse inn.