The monopoly tycoons of the 19th century traditionally did their wheeling and dealing at exclusive restaurants, cleverly concealing the fact that they still lived with their parents. Today's Groupon lets you dine like those shrewd, long-lost captains of industry: for $20, you get $40 worth of upscale French and Cuban fusion cuisine at Chez Henri, located in Cambridge a few blocks from Harvard Square.
A modern French restaurant with a Latin twist, Chez Henri offers an inventive menu of gourmet fare courtesy of Chef Paul O'Connell. Get your taste buds' attention without licking a TV screen by starting with the sweet clam risotto ($13)—a creamy rice concoction with basil and rock shrimp—or New England oysters on the half shell ($15) served with champagne mignonette. The entrees continue the mouth-moistening menagerie of gourmet ingredients with the pan seared sea scallops' ($27) drizzled with horseradish crème then served with braised oxtail and sweet potato-beet roesti, and the paella Valencia with New England shellfish, chicken, chorizo and saffron rice. Finally, sweeten your bitter, sarcastic teeth with a decadent dessert, such as a plate of artisanal cheeses served with fruit and toasted nuts or a banana tart with a macadamia-nut crust, vanilla crème, toasted coconut, and dark chocolate. All desserts are $9.
At once upscale yet casual, like a tuxedo made of Hawaiian shirts, Chez Henri's large windows, warm lighting, and cheery paintings make it a chic late-night stop for bar fare such as the pressed cuban sandwich ($14), served with a choice of traditional slow-roasted pork or roasted vegetables with cheese. Reservations are highly suggested but not required.
Groupon not valid during restaurant week.
Chez Henri has received extensive local and national press, including mentions in the Boston Magazine and the Boston Globe. O magazine named it a Foodie's Choice in Boston. Zagat gives Chez Henri's food a rating of very good to excellent. More than 200 OpenTable reviewers give it an average of 3.9 stars while 197 Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars.
Inside Chez Henri, owner and chef Paul O’Connell draws on his training at Johnson & Wales University to add Caribbean flourishes to classic French fare, earning his restaurant press accolades and seven Best of Boston awards. Appetizers include braised wild-boar sausage served over cabbage escabeche, and the pan-seared flounder entree arrives with house-made chorizo and West Indian spices. Wash down international flavors with signature cocktails and spirits or a pitcher of fruity sangria from the full bar.
Inside Chez Henri’s simply decorated dining room, handblown glass lighting illuminates warmly colored walls, and huge windows proffer views of the bustling streets between Harvard and Porter Squares. Paul and his staff also transport their delicate fare to catered events of up to 400 people, such as weddings, graduations, or the shared birthday of an NFL team made by cloning Joe Montana.
1 Shepard St.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138Get Directions