Publican's food is made with integrity and creativity. Most of everything we had was wonderful and unique. We ordered several items and shared. Starting with the marinated eggplant, bbq carrots, and burrata, we moved on to the three ham plate, the porchetta, and the steak. The vegetables were all incredible. Texture was great on each plate, the carrots had a bit of a snap and caramelization on the outside, with a light and smooth homemade ranch. The eggplants reminded me of something I would get in Israel, and the burrata was some of the best I'd ever had, the hazelnuts set it off. The three hams were perfect and identical to something you would get out of a salumeria in italy. However, I would recommend ordering some pickled vegetables/mustard and maybe some cheese to go with it. All you get is a half cup of butter and two small pieces of bread with enough meat to fill full size fridge (not complaining about all the meat you get...it was fantastic). The porchetta, once again, was absolutely delectable. It also came with so much food we shared with our neighbors. The steak was eh. Tasted like pizza and old people.
Let down by my experience here. I've been wanting to try The Publican for sometime now, and it always seemed like the hot spot. Now, I am not sure what all the fuss was about. Kitchen was slow to deliver food, restaurant was super loud (difficult to have a conversation), and food was not to expectations. Selection of food on the menu was quite strange, and when the food was delivered (especially meets) were very fatty, and seemed to be lower grade cuts. Not impressed and will not be going back.
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With an eclectic menu to serve nearly every palette, the Publican is a vibrant, energetic scene with a meat-centered menu that impressed my business colleagues. There were 8 of us and we opted for the Chef's menu, which was incredible and a much smarter way to manage this family-style, shared menu without trying to wrangle the tastes of such a large group.
Now under the talented Cosmo Goss, Paul Kahan's Publican is still as relevant as it was when it opened in 2008. It boasts a fantastic beer list, packed with Belgian and local brews; a menu that equally celebrates meat, seafood and veggies; and the best brunch in town, served Saturdays and Sundays. The chicken is legendary, the oysters pristine, and the desserts, from Anna Posey, are inventive—we'd happily eat every meal here, if we could.