When it comes to Boston and great steakhouses, there are a number of amazing options but when you come out of the city, that suburban list becomes somewhat slimmer. When the Hotel Indigo in Newton opened just a few years ago, they believed their in-house steakhouse, Bokx 109 American Prime, would be a great fit. They were right.
Overseeing the kitchen is Executive Chef Jarrod Moiles, who has made a name for himself by churning out creative and consistent dishes. We visited the restaurant recently and started off with a drink at the bustling bar, which was nearly filled to capacity. The hotel and restaurant seem to have an event going on every night - whether it's Fire Pit Follies, Music Bokx (live entertainment), the Red Sokx club (a fun menu to enjoy before the game) or just the relaxed opportunity to lounge poolside with some snacks.
We started off with a sampling of three colossal grilled shrimp that arrived with tomato concasse and lemon zest from the Snakx (appetizer) section. The West Coast Hood Bay oysters from Seattle were deliciously fresh and served with a zesty mignonette. Other appetizers included tuna tartar, flat bread Basilico and classic buttermilk calamari.
There is a good selection of salads on the menu here as well, including a classic Caesar, chop Bokx and house, but we decided to save room for the main event. The Bokx cuts take center stage of the a la carte menu. Our server tempted us with the special Delmonico steak and we were glad she did.
A tender and juicy bone-in ribeye arrived cooked to perfection. My husband was daring and sampled the 20-ounce "Flintstone" ribeye, which was an enormous cut of juicy heaven that he was somehow able to finish in its entirety.
All of the steaks here have the option of coming with your choice of a Bokx cut upgrade (for an additional fee) such as shrimp, foie gras, lobster tail and seared scallops. If you are looking for a surf and turf style dinner, don't miss their signature "farm and ocean to table" dish of a bone-in sirloin with butter poached Scituate lobster tail.
Since the menu is a la carte, we shared the broccolini, with a flavorful combination of garlic confit, chili flakes and parmesan. The wild mushrooms were incredibly addicting with truffle vinaigrette while the cheesy au gratin potatoes with crispy bacon and cheddar were simply to die for. Other entrees that sounded appealing included Georges Bank scallops, Scottish salmon grilled with English pea puree, pan seared haddock and sesame crusted tuna.
Unfortunately, we didn't save room for dessert but our server came by with a dish of complimentary grape cotton candy, which made us feel like a kid again. The Hotel Indigo is located at 399 Grove Street in Newton, Mass. For reservations, or more information, call 617.454.3399 or visit NewtonBokx.com.