People who know the restaurant scene in Boston know that Hamersely's in the South End is one of the city's best bets for fine dining and they also know that you always order the chicken.
Though I've known about Hamersley's forever, I've never eaten there myself. Earlier this month my mother flew up from Miami for work and offered to take me out to celebrate my birthday (again) and my recent promotion at work. She was going to be in the South End with her client for the day so she suggested Hamersley's and I happily obliged.
I took the T from Government Center to Copley and then walked down Clarendon Street to Tremont Street. The sun had already set and the dining room's floor-to-ceiling windows cast a warm glow on the sidewalk.
My mom came to dinner planning to order the famous chicken, but found herself intrigued by the scallop dish. Our waitress (who had worked there for over five years) assured my mother it was an equally wonderful dish.
The dish arrived and my mother described it as, "Plump, lightly seared scallops, rich tasting onions, and smokey, earthy mushrooms. This dish is perfect for fall."
Once it was ready, our waitress came walking toward us and I noticed our plate was glowing. Apparently my mother had called ahead to let them know we were celebrating and ta da - there was a candle!
When the check arrived our waitress said, "The dessert is on chef Gordon. He says 'congratulations,' he hopes you enjoyed your meal tonight and that you'll come back again soon." How thoughtful!
Our meal at Hamersely's was lovely. The star of the show was actually our waitress who was a seasoned pro and knew every single dish on the menu and the evolution of chef Gordon's tastes, likes and dislikes and reinventions.
If you're looking for a spot to celebrate a special occasion, let chef Gordon and his team make your night one to remember.