The Internet is a funny place. Most people use it to complain and others use it for what it was truly created for, to make friends. A few weeks ago I got an Instagram notification on a video I had posted of myself singing a stupid song. The person who left the comment was @matthewjennings and it just said, “I want to be your friend.” Matthew being a grown, tattooed, formidable man, I approached with caution. In my paranoid mind I thought, “this is probably someone from my past that wants to kill me, and this is how it begins.” I clicked on Matthew’s page and to my DELIGHT this was indeed the Matthew Jennings I had heard, a man of mystery and New England lore! This was THE Matthew Jennings from the Boston restaurant scene, I was flattered. I immediately responded to his comment and replied, “Dude, you work at Townsman, I want to be YOUR friend.” After weeks of nonstop raunchy sexting, Matthew invited me up to Townsman to see what was cooking. I went up one night for dinner, stayed in Boston, and returned the next day at noon for brunch. This will be the two-part Townsman Dinner/Brunch review!
Uni Club Sandwich
This was so insane to me, uni spread on the bread like mayo, served with crisp speck and avocado, an awesome and innovative idea that I’m sure someone will rip off.
Spring Radish Salad
Served with Ricotta, poppy and honey lemon vinaigrette, this was an exceptionally clean and crisp dish, not to mention pretty as all hell.
Served upside down, these were also pretty, but one thing. I DESPISE DEVILED EGGS. HATRED COARSES THROUGH MY VEINS when I see them. Call me un-American I don’t give a shit. However, Matthew dressed these up so perfectly that I ate TWO without complaint.
FROM THE COUNTER:
Smoked Bluefish Pate
I was immediately weirded out by this because I thought it would be fish that was the consistency of pate and the thought of that made my stomach turn, but when it arrived at the table I dug into it and loved it. It was like tuna fish salad, spreadable, but better.
Out of everything on this platter the swordfish belly was the best, served with strawberries, plum, preserved lemon and CHICHARRONESSSS.
This was good, halibut with pistachios and castelvetranos. I usually don’t like a strong olive in a dish like this but for some reason this all came together.
The Yellowfin with beets and yuzu was an amazing taste, my second favorite to the swordfish.
BBQ Duck Leg
This duck leg had strawberry BBQ sauce, that’s all I need to fucking tell you, it was phenomenally cooked also.
Braised Pork Shank
Served on a bed of green garlic grits, this was the last dish for dinner. This piece of meat was enormous, but I ate a good portion and most of the grits, had to save room for dessert.
Devils Food Cake
Served with hazelnut and a green mandarin ice cream, this was perfectly balanced. Rich chocolate sided with clean mandarin taste, very good.
Candy Cap Ice Cream
Mushroom ice cream, ice cream made from a fucking gross mushroom, disgusting correct? WRONG. This was one of the most innovative, new, forward thinking desserts I’ve ever had. Served with a weird oaty crisp flake and chervil sauce, this was the coolest ice cream I’ve had in a while. What’s chervil you ask? Chervil, sometimes called garden chervil to distinguish it from similar plants also called chervil, or French parsley, is a delicate annual herb related to parsley.
FAST FORWARD 12 HOURS
We returned to Townsman for brunch and I will say that the brunch menu rivaled dinner
Strawberry Rhubarb Doughnut
This was a pretty little addition to the menu, and a sweet, perfect start to the huge brunch.
Cornmeal Fried Oysters
Bacon jam and egg yolk caramel, these were oysters made truly for a brunch setting. I ate all of them just off of principal.
Pig and Grits
These grits were served topped with pork rinds, absolutely genius and extremely tasty.
Sparrow Arc Sweet Carrot Waffles
Served with carrot slaw, these were not your typical chicken and waffles. No spicy here, which I was totally fine with. This chicken was fried to perfection making it my favorite dish of brunch.
I was really slowing down by this point but I couldn’t give up. The breakfast burger was as good as burger can get. With a fried egg, some thick cut bacon and some maple flavor, this was a burger that could hold it’s own breakfast lunch or dinner.
So after two meals, I can definitely say I had been “fucked with flavor.” Matthew Jennings is a superb chef and is doing great things at Townsman and the all around Boston restaurant scene. Go to Townsman, take your fucking dad.
I hereby give Townsman of Boston, Massachusetts…
Next time you’re in the area stop in and let Matthew woo your taste buds. Join me next week when I review the new Middletown CT Italian spot, Bread and Water. Thanks for reading, this has been yet another installment of BENN BREAKS BREAD.