Posted by susan on January 12th, 2011. Filed under: boston travel, epicurious travel.

Our good friends Jon and Sarah gave us a gift certificate to Bergamot in Inman Square as part of our wedding gift and last weekend, we  finally got to try it. I’m dedicating an entire post to our experience because that’s just how good it was.

Our coats were taken immediately when we entered. We were told down to the minute how long we would wait. We were served drinks while we waited without going to the bar, but in the comfort of a couch at the front of a restaurant.  

Per Jon and Sarah’s recommendation, we decided to eat dinner at the bar, and it’s a recommendation I’d pass on to anyone. Bergamot is a nice restaurant. And by ‘nice’ I mean the only thing keeping me from going until last weekend was my fear of the prices on the menu (don’t worry, they’re not that scary, entrees are in the $20 range). However, when you sit at the bar, you get the benefit of the bar menu, which is significantly cheaper, and just as delicious.

We decided to sample a bit of everything. We had an app, a selection from the bar menu, a side and we split a full entree.

We started with Chef Pooler’s Fried Calamari and oysters crusted with bread. Both were incredibly flavorful, not too heavy and delicious.

Bergamot Somerville

For the entree we had the scallops, which were perfectly crisp on the outside, but just on the outside.

scallops at bergamot

One of my favorite parts of the night was a 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon from Renaissance Vineyard and Winery. It was $14 a glass, but it was worth it – and apparently it was a deal. Our bartender explained that the winery is trying to get more exposure for this wine in the Boston area, so they let Bergamot sell their wine by the glass at a reasonable price. It tasted like a perfectly aged wine should. It let out a burst of flavor with every sip and it was somewhat peppery, which I like, but went down smoothly.

Cabernet Savignon

My favorite part of the night was the staff. They aren’t just nice, they know what they’re talking about. At the end of the night, they asked what brought us to Bergamot. When we explained that it was a wedding gift, they served us champagne, even though we tried to downplay it.

And any night that ends with a complimentary champagne is a good one.

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