Monday, March 12, 2012

Cafe G at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum has reopened with a new wing and updated restaurant.  Cafe G is in a great space with three glass walls that let you look out onto the city, and there are a bunch of small dishes to choose from, or heartier fare like this grilled comté sandwich with roasted grapes and frisée.


E***Doughnuts with Champagne Creme Anglaise


It was the perfect venue for our Jane Austen book club get-together because we were reading Laurie Horowitz's The Family Fortune, a modern retelling of Persuasion in which the protagonist's fictional ancestor was a rival of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Boston patroness of art.  Gardner served Champagne and doughnuts at the museum opening in 1903, and this impossibly tasty dessert I ordered -- warm doughnuts served with a Champagne crème anglaise -- was a tribute to that history.

For more on the small and elegant dishes my table sampled, head to my post at Boston Tea Party.

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