When I was in college I spent a semester in Edinburgh, Scotland, so the thought of new Scottish pub in Boston…haggis, wood tables, good beer…did I mention haggis?! Let’s just say I’m a happy girl.
4pm: Entering the small foyer of The Haven, five people are at the bar watching the final minutes of a World Cup game. Sitting on the last two seats on the end, my boyfriend and I order Harpoon Summer Ales and watched the end of the game on a small flat screen tv. When the game finished, the bartender talked beer with another couple and American alt pop music filled the room (reminding me of music in Scotland!). We didn’t know there was a limited menu at 4pm (Scottish eggs, Cullin Skink), so we wandered around Olmsted Park and the neighborhood and came back at 6pm.
Dinner: The Haven is divided into two room: on the right is the bar and a few tables, on the left is a dining room with benches and chairs. Sitting in the empty dining room, our waitress (heavily-tattooed and super friendly) brought oatcakes and salted whipped butter. Shortly after she delivered an espresso cup of pickled cucumber, fennel, purple cabbage (all delicious). Couples and groups of late 20-somethings filled the room filled quickly.
I had the haggis and “neeps” (turnips) appetizer as my meal. The sides typically served with this dish are mashed yellow neeps (called yellow turnips, swedes, or rutabagas) and tatties (potatoes); these were white and cubed. The haggis, which they make on site, was seasoned nicely. The traditional sides would have been better complements, but the dish attempted a creative twist. My boyfriend had the burger, an elaborate combination of caramelized onions, cheese, horseradish mayo, lettuce, tomato, and a burger. My favorite part of his meal was the fries; thick-cut, soft on the inside, crispy on the outside, sprinkled with coarse salt and with a side of sweet tomato chutney.
For dessert we split the cinnamon bread pudding with bacon peanut brittle. The pudding was hot, the freshly-whipped cream cold, and the brittle sweet and smoky.
Go visit The Haven.
The Haven, 2 Perkins St, Jamaica Plain, MA