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First Look: Jason Santos' Menu for Back Bay Harry's

By Scott Kearnan
August 22, 2013

It's official: Hell's Kitchen runner-up chef Jason Santos is "in" at Back Bay Harry's, the 140-seat restaurant slated to open in September at 142 Berkeley Street, former home of Geoffrey's Cafe. When word first broke of the spot, Santos was linked; then, as recently as earlier this month, it was said he's not. But Zagat can confirm Santos is on board, and we're sure of it. So sure that we have his opening menu below. (You're welcome.)

It seems like trademark Santos: elevated comfort food with fun flourishes and creative combinations that fans of the blue-haired toque have come to expect. Santos isn't the only high-profile person associated with the project. The Great Gatsby-inspired space has been designed by HGTV and Restaurant Impossible personality Taniya Nayak, who was also behind the looks of Santos's Abby Lane and Blue Inc. And its eponymous owner is Harry Collings, a former Boston Redevelopment Authority bigwig and city power player. 

Check out Santos's menu, and share your thoughts.  

Snacks

Chinese BBQ Pork Sliders; cucumber, scallion, pork crackling

Fried Fish Tacos; avocado cream, red cabbage, roasted corn, red chile salsa

The Blue Onion; blue cheese, blue dipping sauce

Local Oysters; atomic horseradish, mignonette, cocktail sauce

Appetizers

House Smoked Wild Salmon; field greens, crispy egg, herb toast, cucumber cream, pickled onion

New England Fish Chowder; fennel, fingerling potatoes, brioche croutons

Manchego “Cheese Sticks”; espelette mayo, serrano ham, black truffle honey, smoked paprika almonds

Sichuan Style Fried Calamari; hoisin, peanuts, mint & mango, honey-chili mayo

Pastrami Mac N’ Cheese; mustard cream, pumpernickel crumbs, fresh chives

Salads

House Salad Board; cherry tomatoes, green beans, goat cheese, bacon bits, red onion vinaigrette

Caesar Salad; rosemary croutons, hard boiled egg, pickled onions, fried white anchovies

Baby Spinach Salad; roasted grapes, candied walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, maple vinaigrette

Sandwiches; all served with fries, jalapeno pickle & house made ketchup

Grilled Chicken Sandwich; grilled red onions, shredded lettuce, jalapeno mayo, smoked cheddar

Back Bay Burger; slab bacon, muenster, bbq sauce, L.T.O.

Veggie Gyro Baguette; grilled zucchini, goat’s milk feta, tomatoes, pepperoncini, black olive aioli

Entrees

Boneless Buttermilk Fried Chicken; potato puree seared greens,  bbq syrup, honey doughnuts

Meatloaf Wellington; butternut mashed, sage gravy, green beans

Vodka Battered Fish & Chips; crushed peas, potato wedges, fried caper tartar, fresh lemon

Grilled Swordfish; carrot mousseline, maple roasted brussels sprouts, pearl onions, dried cherries

Fresh Squid Ink Papardelle; pastrami bolognese, sautéed calamari, parmesan, fresh basil

Flat Iron Steak Frites; green peppercorn demi, bearnaise, arugula, spiced fries

Jack & Coke Baby Back Ribs; apple relish, masa corn bread, queso fresco, chipotle aioli

Pizzas

Philly Cheese Steak Pizza; roasted peppers, grilled onion, jalapeno wiz

Reverse Caprese Pizza; fresh mozzarella curd, basil, sliced tomato, balsamic reduction, garlic oil

Simple Cheese Pizza; red sauce, romano cheese

Places Mentioned

Abby Lane

American • Theater District

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Blue Inc.

American • Financial District

Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$37
 
 
 
 
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