Celebrate Mother's Day with a modern Israeli-inspired brunch at Our Fathers. Delicious mimosa specials, warm & spicy shakshuka dishes, and a breakfast gin cocktail selection make this Harvard Square-adjacent newcomer a must-see destination.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Wonderful find in a new, upcoming area. Wait person was very helpful, especially in helping us select a wine. Small plates of eggplant (a different take on baba) and beet humus were delicious, as was the scallop. We also enjoyed the chicken entrees. Our party of four could hear each other talk, which to me is a big plus. We'll go back--still many other things on the menu we'd like to try!
Great pastrami sandwiches. Also very good rye bread. Compares favorably to Katz's in NYC. No other place in Boston does. Been there now multiple times. Service is always excellent and servers very pleasant.
While not an authentic NY style deli the foods were authentic tasting including the whitefish salad, pastrami and corned beef. I nice twist to old standards! Would def go back.
Great first experience -- everything we ordered was delicious, from first cocktail to last dessert!
Fantastic food in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
but really - its the food I am excited about. wine was great too.
We ordered 4 small plates between the 2 of us.
The server and the kitchen had a hard time adhering to our request that we wanted each plate brought one at a time. We requested this 3 separate times and the server told us the kitchen could not slow down the process. We informed our server at the time of placing our orders, so it was clearly a lack of communication between the server and the kitchen.
I'm convinced that there is no good Jewish delis in the Boston area. There are many attempts but many places are no longer in existence and we find Mamaleh just okay for the price and inconvenience. My family tried Our Fathers because we wanted to check out the new area that Harvard is expanding into in Allston and we were not disappointed. The ambiance has a mid-century flair with wood and leather banquettes.
What I want to write about is the food! We had some small plates, the meat platter to share and some really delicious desserts. Things we would recommend--the ricotta, eggplant and octopus. The corned beef however stays with me and I am heartened to know that there is a take out option because I would go again and again for the melt-in-your-mouth corned beef. So delicious! We will be back! Thanks for a great meal.
I thought the "gin specialty" was a gimmick: I was wrong. The drinks were exquisite, as was the food!
The food was very good. Pastrami sandwich was excellent. I am not sure what they did with the cauliflower steak, but it was superior. The server was very attentive as well.
I expected an old fashion Jewish deli. It turned out robes broaderMiddle Eastern Cuisine. The Turkish bread was fantastic. The various dips delicious. The pastrami was fantastic. Corn beef was ok. The fried Brussels sprouts were unbelievable.
Unusual, very good food. Desserts need some attention.
Great food and friendly service
Bagels are not great. The pastrami sandwich is very good. Service is spotty.
Great variety of gin cocktails! The waitstaff was very attentive and the food looked lovely.
We found the food to be pretty awful: overcooked, dry, tasteless. But the drinks were good.
Very comfortable seating. The most tender pastrami I ever had. The curry chicken salad was amazing and everything was presented very well. can’t wait to get back there again
Excellent take on a modern deli. Unusual Shakshuka with Yemeni spices, good hash.
Rafram's contribution to the Jewish-Arab cuisine is incredible!
One dish - charred eggplant with eggplant chips - was way too salty.
And the moussaka should be described as very non traditional. It had so much spice it was not edible.
Not authentic Israeli; extremely salty and oily. Will not go back. Our kids could not eat the matzah ball soup , saying their tongues were tingling from the salt. Appetizer dips were all very similar in consistency and taste. Totally lackluster and a true disappointment. If you are a foodie, not for you. We made a special trip into the city hoping for so much more.
The food was very good, but our bar service was sub-standard. We did not get our drinks until after the food was served and the waiter apologized twice. I loved the pastrami, but was not crazy about the corned beef. The corned beef tasted liked the smoked meat you get in Montreal, and that taste does not appeal to me. I thought the menu was very interesting.
Modern Israeli Restaurant, a rare find in Boston
Very talented Chef
Food was delicious and portion sizes were perfect. Drinks were tasty and looked pretty, too! Server was attentive and knowledgeable. Restaurant was busy, but the food came out fairly quickly. Would definitely return!
Some of the best food I've had in Boston -- fun, creative, inspired Israeli small plates that were bursting with flavor. The food was fantastic, and I can't want to be back.
However, the pacing was some of the most discombobulated I've seen. After ordering five small plates, we were surprised to see all of them arrive within 10 minutes of ordering -- rendering it difficult to find space on the table, let alone enjoy and savor each of the dishes. Apparently this is the way the kitchen does it -- request a slower pacing for a better experience.
But don't let this deter you -- the food and and wealth of gin drinks are worth the trek to Lower Allston to find some of the most creative, delicious plates in the city.
We met friends for dinner before going to Scullers. It was our first visit and we loved the place. We are still talking about the pastrami which was amazing. They have 90 gins and a very talented bartender which made for a great combination. We did a lot of small plates and they were all good. The charred eggplant really stood out. We also give them credit for pioneering the restaurant scene in this developing neighborhood. Brave of them and convenient for us!
Delicious, interesting food, impeccable service. The host was attentive without hovering, gin drinks were SO tasty (I recommend the Alaska), and it was altogether a fresh and original dining experience.
This place was a great hangout but it was so expensive! The lamb on cinnamon sticks was delicious, but you only get two little ones for $15.
Superb! We shared a variety of small plates, and all were excellent.
Exciting new restaurant right outside Harvard Square. Modern Jewish / modern Israeli dishes like shakshuka, hummus, labne, roasted eggplant dip with eggplant chips are some of the highlights. Best hummus we’ve ever had. Gin-focused cocktail list is interesting too; liked the opportunity to try different classic gin cocktails and new creations.
Brunch service is new, but you can’t run out of bagels by 1 pm. Also you probably need stuff like salt and pepper on the table, and butter or preserves for toast. The green Bloody Mary is oddly sour, the music is good but intrusively loud, and the drinks are weak for being so pricey.
Some of the food was very good and my drink was fabulous. Some of the food was very salty. So while the food was good I wouldn't rave over what I ate. The service was good enough but again I wasn't blown away. The tables are too close to each other to afford any privacy - it's like in NYC where you're almost sitting with the neighboring table instead of next to it. I'd go back again, especially with friends if we wanted drinks with our meals, but I'm not running back.
I have a mixed reaction to Our Fathers Deli. The food we ordered was truly in the best -we- ever -had category. Thick slices of pastrami encased in cardamom and coriander and corned beef in juniper—both delicious and tender to nirvana. Big however, is that they ran out of the house-baked, twice-baked dark rye . It was disappointing since I had read the menu in advance and was looking forward to this, but these things happen. No excuse for offering us whole wheat bread as a substitute with an up-charge for a bulke roll. I mean really! Foodies will understand and be as insulted as we were. Still, no bread was needed for these divine delicacies. Sadly, I felt that they kept pushing drinks, coming back and re-checking that we were all set. This also was in poor taste. Drinkers will speak up and non drinkers are coming for the food! Don’t forgot to have the life-changing halavah for dessert. Never would have believed that everyone’s fork would be in my plate — even though they ordered the “best cheesecake they ever tasted”! Skip the baba (eggplant) appetizer—way too salty. Lastly, I suggest they offer a variety of flavorful mustards to accompany their god-kissed meats.