Walking around Harvard Square, there is an abundance of eclectic restaurants, that create a unique atmosphere. Beat Brasserie is one of these restaurants, with a retro sign that illuminates at night.
Beat Brasserie is the sister restaurant to Beehive in the South End. It has a beautiful interior of crystal chandeliers, luxurious fabrics, different height tables, and bright colors. A stage is towards the back of the restaurant where live music plays, creating a hip vibe.
Beat Brasserie serves dinner, week day lunch, and week end brunch. Their menu changes seasonally, and has both carnivore and vegetarian options. The menu has a lot of original pairings that distinguishes it from other local restaurants.
To start, I ordered the Chickpeas with a Romesco Sauce. The chickpeas were beautifully baked so they became crispy on the outside, while maintaining a creamy interior. Romesco sauce is made out of red peppers and nuts, so it is very similar in form to a traditional basil pesto. It just has a more smoky flavor.
For my main course I ordered the Bowl Azteca, consisting of Adobo-Spiced Quinoa, Tomatillo Salsa, Corn, Squash, Green Beans, Avocado, and Baby Spinach. It was fresh, well seasoned, and satisfying. The Tomatillo Salsa was really great. Tomatillos look like green tomatoes and have a more tart flavor. The shrimp was perfectly cooked and the seasonal vegetables added a brightness to the dish.
Beat Brasserie is one of my favorite places. The food is guaranteed to be good, and you’ll enjoy the ambiance.