We had the pleasure of eating at Pagu in Central Sq Cambridge last evening. It’s located on Mass Ave just past Main street (heading towards Boston). It’s an Asian influenced small plates restaurant with some Spanish influence as well. Here’s my breakdown:
Cocktails - a top notch program with interesting flavors. We had 3 different cocktails each, and shared the large format Maitai (made for 2).
Striped bass crudo these were both great, but we liked the saucing on the hamachi the best, and the bass dish had better fish.
Smoky Cheese waffalato this was two small waffles which had smoked mozzarella included in the batter. They were crispy outside, creamy inside, and tasted almost like there was bacon in them from the cheese. I would order these every time I came here.
Imported Jamon Iberico a splurge at the average restaurant price of $30 an ounce, we could have ordered another plate of this. If I ever go to Spain, I’m not sure I’ll eat much more than Iberico ham.
Piquillo peppers These peppers were roasted and served with a red sauce (peppers? tomatoes? not sure, but it was fabulous).
Braised pork belly bao - always a winner
Mushroom Meatballs - a special these were small beef meatballs (cooked medium rare), in a sauce of different types of mushrooms.
Chocolate cake with Szechaun peppercorn ice cream - we ordered it for the ice cream, but the cake was excellent as well.
The good but didn’t quite match the quality of the other items we ordered.
Shrimp in garlic - another special, it was fine, but nothing special
jamon croquettes - our least favorite dish, 3 small croquettes that didn’t taste much of ham or cheese.
They do add a 4% kitchen staff appreciation charge, which I have no issue with. It was just over $300 with tip, but have 2 drinks instead of 4, and no ham, and that drops by $100.