Kitchen on the Common, Belmont

A few weeks ago G and I met some friends for dinner at Kitchen on the Common in Belmont.  It is in Cushing Square with a simple storefront.  Inside the décor is extremely plain with basic wooden tables without any embellishments.  The chef and owner uses all local ingredients so the menu is seasonal and changes frequently.  Two of us started with the haddock chowder which had potatoes and leeks.  It was a rich and creamy chowder with large pieces of fish.  G got the chicken dish for his entrée which he liked but found that the meat was a little dry.  I had the bavette steak which was delicious and well prepared.  We also shared a side of macaroni and cheese which was simple and satisfying.  Our dining companions tried the farfalle and the artic char which they enjoyed thoroughly.  All of the entrées were priced below $17 which is quite reasonable and the sides are $4.  They don’t have a pastry chef on staff so they offer a selection of cookies for dessert which is a fun treat.  The restaurant does not have a liquor license so they allow you to bring your own wine and they provide stemware without a corking fee.  There only seemed to be a couple of staff doing everything so the service was a bit slow.  Overall, the food is well prepared however none of the dishes wowed us.  Given the price, ability to bring your own wine, and relaxed atmosphere I would return.

Kitchen on the Common
http://www.kitchenoncommon.com
442 Common Street
Belmont, MA 02478
617-484-4328