Sunday, January 4, 2009

Where's the JAM?

As I walked into the restaurant I was greeted by a waitress in golden cotton pajamas, as I turned to my left a family of four was being waited on by a younger man in red button down pajamas with sushi patterns all over them. Was this a weird dream? No way, I was just eating brunch at Tremont 647 in the South End.

Breakfast Burger, now that's something I could get used to.

AJ and his friends have been raving about this place since they first went there for brunch a couple months ago. The atmosphere is very relaxed and playful. The kitchen is in open view in the middle of the restaurant, allowing one to watch the preparation of each dish. Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays and all the staff don their pajamas. Don't let those pajamas fool you, the wait staff is very alert, bringing by a fresh pot of coffee to those needing a little caffeine in the morning. Tremont 647 also offers a variety of teas, presented in cute ceramic pots.

Winter Vegetable Salad - beets, pears, turnips, and butternut squash with pecans

As I mentioned in my previous post, I can probably count the number of times I have eaten beets on one hand. However, in an attempt to take advantage of enjoying some winter produce in season, I opted for the winter salad. The presentation of this salad was just gorgeous - a towering rainbow of butternut squash, turnips, feta cheese, pears, beets, and candied pecans. The plate was drizzled with a creamy lemon dressing and sprinkled with chives. All of the items mimicked eachother in size and texture, except for the feta and pecans which provided a nice contrast of sweet crunch, and creamy tang to the mellowed roasted vegetables.

AJ chose a Tremont 647 signature brunch item - the breakfast burger. This beef patty is served on a toasted wheat bun, and topped with vermont cheddar, bacon, avocado, and a fried egg. This dish will definitely satisfy your hunger. While this might sound like sensory overload, the avocado and egg serve as a nice creamy complement to the crispy bacon, and juicy meat. The fries served with this dish were crisp and salty. The chef certainly knows how to have fun with the menu, and the burger is not the only dish that gets creative - a homemade poptart is offered at brunch hours. AJ had raved about the pumpkin poptart he had devoured on his last trip. I was eager to try out the new flavor - apricot. The pastry dough was warm and flaky, putting those pop tarts of my youth to shame. However, as I finished my first bite, I was left wondering where is the jam? The frosting and dough completely overpowered any semblance of apricot filling. I finished off my half regardless, as the dough was that good, but kept hoping each bite would spring forth a tangy stream of apricot jam.

Homemade poptarts - so cute!

The wait staff was very responsive to our small complaint about the pop tart. Our waiter said that the kitchen is open to customer requests, and that our pumpkin pop tart might make a reappearance should we whisper that as we walked by the kitchen. With such friendly staff and delicious food, I think a second trip might be warranted.

1.5 out of 3 JAMs

Tremont 647
647 Tremont
Boston, MA


Malia said...

Where's the JAM? And where are the JAM ratings?

Raisin Canes said...

How many jams!!!??? Also, the pumpkin poptarts were wayyyyyy better.

Anna said...

Apparently today the flavor was raspberry chocolate -- alas, we ate elsewhere :(