June 8th, 2014

Haven, Jamaica Plain

Boston is loaded with Irish pubs, but there is only one Scottish restaurant to be found and it is Haven in Jamaica Plain. They are also known to have a great burger. My friend Carol and I saw the Quilts in Color exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts. Even if you are not a quilter, you’ll enjoy the all the amazing designs and will marvel at the craftsmanship. If you are, you will be inspired to go home and start a new quilt.

My old supervisor, Donna, joined us for lunch at Haven afterwards. I have always wanted to try a Scotch egg, a traditional pub snack consisting of a hard boiled egg encased in sausage, breaded and then deep-fried.

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The egg ($6) was over cooked, as you can see the tell-tale grey ring around the yolk. However the sausage was tasty and I was pleased to discover it was crispy and not at all greasy. The arugula salad was a nice accompaniment.

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My burger ($14) was over-cooked. You can see from the picture that the patty has crossed the line from charred to brunt. It was medium well, instead of medium rare. However, the meat maintained some juiciness and I liked the bacon onion marmalade. The fries were think and crispy.

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Carol got the smoked seafood plate ($12). It came with salmon, attractively pink at the edges from a beet cure, marinated mussels and a smoked haddock spread. It was thoughtfully put together and I think the haddock was the best of the three.

I did not try Donna’s fish sandwich ($13), but she appeared to enjoy it as she polished off the whole thing.

Our server was proficient. To start the meal, they gave us some oatcake, which Donna exclaimed was just like her “Nonni’s” I would love to go back and try their haggis, which is only on the dinner menu.