Dinner at La Brasa, Somerville

la brasa mexican fried rice

I’ve heard many good things about La Brasa and I’m happy to say that they were all right.

It all started with the Mexican fried rice with charred scallions and spring beans. One of my friends told me that’s a “can’t miss” dish, so I definitely wanted to try it. But technically our meal didn’t start with it. It started with the cheese plate, and ended with the butterscotch pudding, with many delicious things in between.

Also, there’s the fact that I may have had the best steak I’ve eaten this year (so far). That’s a big claim, I know, because I am a very enthusiastic carnivore. At La Brasa, the rib roast is sliced tableside, priced by the ounce, and served with chimichurri. Tender, perfectly cooked, with pockets of fat, we didn’t even wait to order any appetizers first before we requested a slab for the table.

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Just look at that roast! I was with Megan, Daisy, and Emily, and between the four of us that steak disappeared pretty quickly.

La Brasa is one of the newest restaurants in the city – and it’s not even in the city, it’s in East Somerville. Chefs Daniel Bojorquez and Frank McClelland showcase culinary influences from Mexico, Peru, and the Middle East, so the cuisine has a lot of strong flavors. The vibe of the restaurant is casual and family-friendly; the bright expansive space, reclaimed wood tables, and large windows all lend a certain rustic-chic feel.

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For appetizers (in addition to the rib roast… have you ever had steak as an appetizer?) we ordered the cheese plate and the carnitas tacos. We also ordered a bottle of the special Paloma cocktail, which looks plain and came in a nondescript bottle, but tasted like the purest essence of summer. Palomas are tequila-based and mixed with grapefruit soda or grapefruit juice. Our nice server informed us that we actually ended up getting the last bottle of the evening, which was a shame because I wanted to order an entire bottle just for myself (no shame).

Then we went to town with a few more entrees and sides:

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We had the fried chicken with escargot-brown butter vinaigrette, swiss chard pie with coddled egg and Spanish ham, beet pickled egg, pork milanese with mushy peas, Mexican fried rice, and the soft shell crab salad special.

I liked the fried chicken the most (when did I ever not like fried chicken?) followed by the pork milanese. The soft shell crab was a little too salty for me, and I thought the pickled egg would be pickled quail eggs (like the ones from Steel & Rye) but I still liked both.

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The butterscotch pudding was the perfect nightcap, and I love that it was topped with fresh whipped cream and crispy fried rice puffs.

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I really enjoyed our meal at La Brasa and I want to make plans to come back again soon. I like that almost all of the dishes are made in the central wood-burning oven, and I’m digging the fun and welcoming atmosphere. Next time I want to check out the market that’s attached to the restaurant, maybe hang out at the bar, or try their new lunch service. Except the rib roast isn’t served at lunch so scratch that. I’ll be back for dinner again soon!

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28 Responses to “Dinner at La Brasa, Somerville”

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    Daisy posted July 14, 2014 at 9:16 am

    Such a lovely write up Bianca!! I echo all your thoughts on La Brasa. Let me know when you are going back for drinks at the bar. I bet they would give us a cut of prime rib barside….

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 14, 2014 at 9:26 am

      Ooooh yes palomas and steak at the bar!

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    Christina Orso posted July 14, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Hoooooly moly. I’m so glad I’m moving to Somerville. MUST GO.

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    Megan posted July 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    This was really an awesome dinner. Love that we kicked it off with a slab of rib roast! So happy we already have another great date on the calendar!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 14, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Yup and I am looking forward to those wine pairings, too!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted July 14, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    oh my gosh, that meal looks amazing…especially that steak! Wow, so juicy.

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks, Amy! It was so, so good.

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    Leah | So, How's It Taste? posted July 14, 2014 at 3:29 pm

    Whoa, that food looks so good! Sounds like you enjoyed it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 14, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Whoa is the right word for it :)

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl posted July 14, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    You sure are making my belly hungry! One look a those carnitas tacos and now I want to change dinner plans for tonight!

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    Sues posted July 14, 2014 at 7:12 pm

    I can’t decide what I like best about this. All I know is that I’m suddenly starving and must get myself to La Brasa ASAP!!

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      Bianca Garcia posted July 14, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      You definitely should! I just wish it was closer to the T, but definitely worth an uber for car-less peeps like me :)

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    Meghan posted July 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm

    I need to get here! Everything looks so good.

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    Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods posted July 14, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Oh yum, all of this looks so great! I wish we had one of these near us.

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    Monet posted July 14, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    Everything looks and sounds so delicious! I’m craving red meat now for sure!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted July 15, 2014 at 8:24 am

    What a wonderful place to dine, the photos are mouthwateringly awesome :D

    Choc Chip Uru

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    Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! posted July 15, 2014 at 11:00 am

    Wow – EVERYTHING looks absolutely incredible. I am practically drooling over that perfectly cooked steak and everything else for that matter. What a fun restaurant!

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    Barbara posted July 15, 2014 at 11:36 am

    That looks fabulous! The beef is to die for. I’m drooling!

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    Shashi @ runninsrilankan posted July 15, 2014 at 11:39 am

    “Beet pickled egg”? I have never heard of this before – and that The butterscotch pudding – oh dear gosh! So much deliciousness! “La Brassa” sounds wonderful! If I am ever in Summerville I know where to eat!

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    Molly Galler posted July 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    The same friend I just dined with at Sarma told me she wants to try La Brasa next. This looks fantastic. I can’t wait to try that perfectly purple beet deviled egg!

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    vicky and Ruth @ May I have that recipe? posted July 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    Every thing looks mouthwatering!

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    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella posted July 15, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    I’m so intrigued by the Mexican fried rice! I want to make something similar at home since this isn’t a local to me :)

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    Joanne posted July 16, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I read Megan’s post about La Brasa and WHOA did it sound awesome!! I must make a trip there the next time i’m in Boston!

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    Allison posted July 16, 2014 at 9:28 am

    That dinner looks fantastic! I’m so happy I’m not the only one who brings my camera to a restaurant :) hehe

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    Jane Jetson posted July 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Great blog! We just started out own and hope you will take a peek :)


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    Sacha posted July 20, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Your pictures make the food look so so gorgeous. La Brasa is at the very top of my list!

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