Hyde Square just got some of its hipster cred back. But more importantly, after a spate of high-profile closings, the arrival of The Haven gives the neighborhood some of its heart back.
Also, The Haven gives Boston its first Scottish restaurant and bar. Where else in this fair city can you order a pint of “wee heavy” and a plate of haggis?
What’s immediately noticeable about The Haven, which has a casual tavern feel, is that it doesn’t look new. It’s lovingly molded from Zon’s, its former inhabitant, using reclaimed old wood and personal knickknacks. Owner and Scotsman Jason Waddleton (of Brookline’s Matt Murphy’s) created a collage homage to his homeland in the bathroom, too.
But there’s more to Scottish culture than Orange Juice (the band) and haggis. There’s Cullen Skink ($8), a creamy chowder made with finnan haddie (smoked haddock); vegetable bridie, a Scottish pasty ($8); and succulent beer battered fish with chips and a Sassenach (English) touch: mushy peas, though sophisticatedly minted. “That’s our nod to the English,” concedes Waddleton.
Note: All entrees fall well less than $20 a pop.
Manning the kitchen is Chef Wax (Ten Tables, La Morra), who indeed serves up the haggis (it’s minced lamb, get over it).
If you go
2 Perkins St., Jamaica Plain