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Chez Henri

1 Shepard St, Cambridge, MA
617. 354.8980   |  website
  • Neighborhood: Cambridge
  • Directions: Red Line to Harvard Square at Massachusetts Avenue
  • Hours: Mon-Tues 6 - 10 pm, Fri-Sat 5:30- 11 pm, Sun 5:30-9 pm
A classic French bistro with a Cuban flair: loud, casual, warm, and nourishing. Try the steamed mussels in creamy saffron broth, blanquette de veau on egg noodles, steak frite with sofrito and fries, trout à la meunière, lemon hazelnut tartlette. While the French-bistro cooking practiced in the dining room is much admired, don't sleep on Henri's bar menu, a luxurious take on Cuban food and cocktails. Long before frat boys discovered mojitos, Chez Henri was muddling mint with a vengeance and serving other Cuban classics, including real daiquiris and periodistas. The menu offers compelling small plates for weeknight dining: clam fritters, chicken empanadas, grilled sardines, raw oysters, smoked baby octopus. It’s often hectic in the cramped bar area, but this is one crowd worth fighting.
Insider's Tip: The biggest draw here has always been the Cubano, the famed pressed sandwich of roast pork, ham, cheese, and pickles. Chez Henri’s is arguably the tastiest in town.
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