Stanhope Street is one of those secret streets in Boston. Tucked away between Stuart Street and Columbus Ave, you might not even notice it if you weren't really looking. The street is situated in a part of Boston where Back Bay melds into the South End. This unexpected location is where you'll find the Brahmin.
Though the name Brahmin connotes elegance and class, I was skeptical about giving this place a whirl given the clientele of the bar that used to occupy this space - 33 Restaurant & Lounge. Like your mother always said, "If you don't have anything nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all," so I'll leave it at that.
When my friends and I approached the Brahmin I noticed the front door immediately. I really appreciate when restaurants have unique and different design elements. My skepticism was beginning to thaw.
When we opened the door and walked in, I could not believe how beautiful the restaurant was. From the hostess stand and you are looking straight down into a stairwell that leads to the coat check and the bathrooms, but on either side of the stairs are couches, booths and a bar that runs the entire length of the space.
As the hostess walked us to our table, my skepticism returned. The type of people that were hanging out at the bar were exactly the type of people I was hoping to avoid. Thankfully we were going to be seated for our meal, so I was hoping we wouldn't be bothered.
Once seated I noticed more of the design details. The walls of the Brahmin are exposed brick, which I absolutely love.
Our bubbly, blond waitress appeared to deliver us menus. We were in a drinking mood so we focused on cocktails.
The first item to arrive was the tomato, mozzarella and watermelon salad. This salad was mostly tomatoes, but if you got a bite with all three elements, it was very refreshing.
Our fourth choice was the arancini with truffle infused honey. I love arancini, it's one of my go-to items and these did not disappoint! Perfectly crispy on the outside, hot and cheesy on the inside and with exactly the right hint of truffle and honey.
We also ordered the four cheese flatbread pizza which came on a great, crunchy crust and was garnished with juicy, oven roasted tomatoes. This is a pizza I will come back for.
At this point we were beyond full. Our meal was so delicious and after two rounds of drinks, we were ready to float home. When our waitress brought the check it was in a sophisticated box. Again, a cool, different touch.
Our reservation was for 7:00pm and somewhere around the 9:00pm hour the Brahmin started to feel like a club. The bar got more crowded, the music got louder and even the people eating dinner seemed to be bobbing their heads. We all agreed as the night went on, we were digging the atmosphere more and more.
The Brahmin had fun drinks, surprisingly great food and a celebratory atmosphere. If you're looking for a spot for girls night out or a location to toast to a birthday or a new job, this is it.