Surrounded by some of the highest of high end restaurants in the city, Silvertone offers a refreshingly low key, unpretentious, fun vibe with simple but very well executed food at more than reasonable prices. Silvertone is the rare type of dining establishment in the city that won’t leave you feeling like your wallet was just highjacked, but also give you hearty, authentic, original, satisfying food.
Set in the basement of a building off of Tremont St, and just two blocks from the Common, Silvertone conveys a distinctly comforting, almost speakeasy atmosphere from the second you walk through the door. Decorated with eclectic and amusingly kitschy signs and posters of old movies and soda ads, the casual atmosphere created by the unique underground setting flows nicely into the menu. With a focus on hearty, comforting foods and and a casual, energetic environment, Silvertone hits all the right notes.
Once you’ve made your choice of cocktails and moved towards the food, there are several highlights from the starters through the entrees. The Goat Cheese Crostini offers a nicely peppered and baked block of cheese with toast points and a refreshing arugula salad. The Spicy Tomato Soup is well seasoned and hearty but still delicate in flavor. The Grilled Cheese on country white bread is a classic done the right way. It doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but provides plenty of melty cheese nicely proportioned to the soft but crunchy, slightly charred bread.
Moving to the entrees, there are several can’t miss dishes. Perhaps the signature dish, the Steak Tips with Long Island Marinade are one of the best bang for your buck dishes you’re likely to find anywhere in Boston. For only $12, you’ll get a heaping portion of very well seasoned, perfectly cooked to order and surprisingly (for tips) moist and tender beef, accompanied by velvety red skinned mashed potatoes. Silvertone also features a fantastic Mac and Cheese topped with buttery and crunchy bread crumbs. The mac and cheese itself is as silky, gooey and flavorful as you’d hope for, but the buttery bread crumbs provide the flavor and texture that put it over the top.
Other highlights of the menu include down-home classics like Shepherd’s Pie and Meatloaf, as well as a surprisingly good Pasta Bolognese; you can find better in the North End, but in terms of flavor and and heartiness, you could also find a lot worse.
Silvertone accomplishes exactly what it sets out to – well executed food at reasonable prices, without all of the unnecessary bells and whistles you get and so many places in the city. The food won’t completely blow you away, but it doesn’t necessarily try to, or more importantly, have a price tag that makes you think it will. Silvertone does the simple classics the right way, and sometimes that’s all restaurant needs to do.
Silvertone, 69 Bromfield St Boston, MA 02108, (617) 338-7887