Gaslight Brasserie is located on Harrison Ave in the far reaches of the South End. The restaurant is located in a space that is slightly below street level in the same building that houses an outpost of the Boston Sports Club. Once inside you’ll find the air abuzz with conversation and a crowd gathered around the long zinc bar. The walls are covered with black and white subway tiles. All of this helps lend to the cozy yet elegant atmosphere.
Once we ordered our meal, they brought out a freshly baked mini-baguette. The bread was fresh and delicious. We started off our meal with the steak tartar ($9.95), which came topped with a fried egg and aioli. The steak was perfectly seasoned and we loved the touch of the fried egg on top.
For my entree, I order the sauteed skate ($18.75) with haricot verts and caper beurre noisette. The skate was lightly crispy on the outside and had a perfectly flakey texture. I know, skate wing is not the most “friend of the planet and animal” thing to order, but I did just this once and am glad that I did. Now that I have skate-eating out of my system, I can go back to being “green”.
Mr. Mango opted for the bar steak with caramelized shallots, mustard cream sauce, and frites. ($19.25). This skirt steak was perfectly cooked and served with a pile of golden frites.
For the dessert course, we ordered the molten chocolate cake and the citron tart (6.95 each). The tart had a bright citrus flavor and a buttery shortbread crust. The molten chocolate cake revealed an inner layer of gooey chocolate as expected, and while it was good it was not the best molten chocolate cake we’ve ever had.
During dinner hours there is free parking in the lot immediately adjacent to Gaslight, which is a rare find for dining out in the city. We will definitely be back! I want to try their brunch someday soon as well.
My Rating: 4 out of 5 mangoes