The Gaslight Restaurant is a French Parisian brasserie located at 560 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. It offers refined dining with a very neighborhood-friendly feel and value. The Parisian zinc bar, reclaimed wood floors, mosaic tiles, and beamed wood ceilings, Gaslight’s ambiance is warm and inviting for anyone looking for a nice, solid place to dine in.
With a reservation made on OpenTable, we were guided immediately to our table at the arrived time. The service was great, as we were presented with a decked out table setting with a bottle of fancy mineral water.
To start off with the meal, we ordered a small bucket of their pomme frittes, which are solid. These fries are dangerous for people with smaller stomachs because they can easily be devoured really quickly and leave little room for the main course. Of course, French Baguettes were served with a side of butter as well.
After the appetizer, we chose two main dishes. The first was the Berkshire Pork Chop. Naturally, the Berkshire pork is an amazing cut of meat that is way superior to a normal pork chop in that it’s so much more fatty and tender. Gaslight serves are really large cut of bone-in Berkshire pork chop that is juicy and magnificent. Garnished with a vinegary red onion jam and baked in bacon juice, the pork chop had a very rich, deep flavor that made each bite a delight.
Gaslight has a special entree each day of the week. On Friday, that entree happens to be our second entree, the Lobster Gnocci Parisinee. The Parisian style gnocchi uses cake flour instead of the potato flour in Italian gnocchi. This gives it an extra fluffy texture that soaks up the lobster, herbs, and truffle flavors around it.
While both dishes are interesting, I find that the Berkshire Pork Chop is the clear winner among our choices with its juicy, rich flavor balanced out with the acidic red onion confiture and the hearty potato and greens underneath.
Finally, for dessert, we stuck with a classic – chocolate beignets. These fried, crispy donuts were wonderful and contained a pleasant surprise of having a molten chocolate center.
Overall, I believe the food and decor of Gaslight in the South End offers a tremendous opportunity to enjoy a great dining experience for a pretty good value.