I had so much fun yesterday having lunch at Tasting Counter in Somerville! I had been wanting to try it since it was featured as Boston Magazine’s Best New Restaurant in 2015, and I finally made it in for their recently debuted lunch service.
back wall of the restaurant
The concept of Tasting Counter is very unique — you purchase tickets for dinner or lunch online beforehand and you don’t need to bring any money to the restaurant. The experience is all tasting-menu format, and when you buy your ticket you have the option to pair your meal with wine, beer, sake, or nonalcoholic beverages. At the restaurant, there is no tipping! Lunch is a one hour experience and dinner is two.
Tasting Counter is located inside the Aeronaut Brewing Space, which is at 14 Tyler Street in Somerville, right next to Brooklyn Boulders Somerville.
interior of Aeronaut Brewing Co.
chefs preparing the first course
My lunch at Tasting Counter was amazing, and it was much more like an entertainment experience than a typical dining experience. The 20 seats at the restaurant wrap around a kitchen/prep area where the chefs cook and prepare most of the meal right in front of you.
We started our lunch with with a trio of small "welcoming bites."
Then, we moved onto our first course, which was a delicious seaweed pasta.
Hand Rolled Seaweed Pasta with lobster custard, sea urchin, wakame
After the first course, we got a palate cleanser of Schisandra Tea and a cookie.
Schisandra Tea with pine nuts and cookie
Then, we moved on to the second course, a miso-torched Hake on a bed of beluga lentils.
preparing the second course
Miso-torched Hake with enoki and charred leeks on a bed of beluga lentils
Then, dessert! It was so fun to watch the chefs prepare.
Chef Peter Ungár preparing dessert
Another great thing about Tasting Counter is that they are very good at accommodating allergies. They will adjust your menu if you let them know beforehand! I was sitting next to a guest with a dairy allergy, and the chefs replaced her pistachio ice cream with a delicious green tea sorbet.
Chocolate with milk jam, preserved orange, and pistachio ice cream
Just when I thought our lunch experience was over, they brought out some "parting morsels," which was a trio of bonbons. One of them was a foie gras ice cream chocolate — unbelievable (and so delicious)!
Trio of Bonbons: malted coffee meringue | duck liver ice cream chocolate | apple chew
What an afternoon! Check out the Tasting Counter website to learn more and to buy your tickets for lunch or dinner. I can't wait to return!
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