West Bridge’s soaring yet cozy space is one of the area’s great successes when it comes to softening the office-block feel of Kendall Square’s many restaurants. It traffics in inventive and expertly created dishes made for sharing, with a menu divided between appetizer-sized small plates, larger entrees and entrees meant to feed two to three. The Egg in a Jar (a duck egg baked in a mason jar with hen of the woods mushrooms and potato puree, $12) is a cult favorite small plate, and it sits on the menu alongside options like lamb belly with juniper and pear ($13), gnocchi with goat cheese ($11) and mushrooms with burgundy snails ($13). Plaid-shirted bartenders are quick to recommend a cocktail if you’re not sure what you’d like—and the rotating tap list has been known to include sparklier options like prosecco.
|Venue name:||West Bridge (CLOSED)|
1 Kendall Sq
|Cross street:||at Hampshire St|
|Opening hours:||11.30am-1am Mon-Fri; 3pm-1am Sat-Sun|
|Transport:||Red line to Kendall Square/MIT|
|Price:||Small plates $10-$16.|