Last night, I met a friend at Blue Stove at Nordstrom in the Burlington Mall (Burlington, MA) for dinner. We had both heard of the (fairly new) tapas restaurant and were anxious to try it out. Blue Stove is a hidden gem, actually located on the second floor of Nordstrom between the women’s apparel and juniors departments.
As soon as we walked into the restaurant we forgot that we were in a department store. The restaurant is smaller, dark, and chic. We visited on a Monday night so there was no wait for a table and the server was attentive and friendly.
As we relaxed in a booth, we perused the one-page menu which consists of a couple dozen tapas, categorized by cold salads, main dishes and sides – again all small plates. We each chose two plates to share as well as a side dish. We also both had a glass of wine (from what I understand, Blue Stove only has a wine and beer menu).
Here’s our order and my commentary:
Honey Glazed Chipotle Grilled Vegetables (pictured above, top right)
A member of the cold salad section of the menu, this was the largest portion we received of all our tapas. The grilled vegetables consisted of large pieces of onion, tomato, red pepper, zucchini and yellow squash. The flavor was light and sweet with a hint of spice. I didn’t enjoy the onion but the other vegetables were delicious and flavorful. I may have to try recreating these at home.
Braised Short Ribs with Wilted Spinach and Red Wine Demi-Glace (not pictured, sorry!)
These short ribs dish were cut-with-a-fork fantastic! The portion size was fairly large for tapas and consisted of six or seven two-bite moist short ribs. The beef sat in a rich red wine sauce which complemented the dish very well. The spinach was good but basic.
Cilantro-Lime Chicken Tacos (pictured above, bottom right)
Two words: adorable and delicious! This dish consisted of four crunchy mini-tacos filled with ground chicken, lettuce, diced tomatoes and corn. We were impressed in the presentation and taste.
Seared Wild Mushrooms & Grilled Asparagus (pictured above, bottom left)
While I’m not normally a fan of mushrooms or asparagus, this dish was surprisingly good. The mushrooms and asparagus were both chopped into bite-size pieces and coated in a mix of olive oil and spices. It was my friend’s pick and she enjoyed this vegetable selection.
Sweet Potato Frites with Cilantro-Lime Aioli (pictured above, top left)
I just love sweet potato fries (or should I say frites?!) and these did not disappoint. These frites were served with a cilantro-lime aioli which was a refreshing change from ketchup. The flavor combo was unique but tasty.
While we also considered having dessert, nothing jumped out at us and surprisingly, we were pretty full. I never think tapas are going to be filling but we left Blue Stove satisfied.
Our meal at Blue Stove was excellent, the food was top notch and the service was also very good. Dining here was a nice change from typical restaurant selections at the mall and we enjoyed trying a variety of Blue Stove’s dishes.
Blue Stove’s tapas selections ranged in price from $4 to $11 each and the desserts were about $5 to $7.
Note, I tried to find the website so I could link to the menu but am having no luck. If I find it, I will update the post. I do know that Blue Stove exists in several Nordstrom stores around the country, including Thousand Oaks, California. Check it out!
Also, today’s my Dad’s Birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAD!!! 🙂