My best friend and I have been to Belly quite a few times. We like to catch a movie at the art house nearby and end our night with a little wine and cheese. We’ll do glasses, bottles, one or two cheeses, that sort of thing. Although they do have a full menu including some really yummy looking fried chicken, we stick to cheese (it’s kind of our thing). The last time we indulged, we had an out of control experience. Here’s the deal.
Each day (I assume) Belly offers a different selection of cheeses. They are classified on the menu by their style with terms such as “earth”, “funk”, and “the blues”. One can select the option of having one cheese, five cheeses, or “The Mongress Loves You”. This is a selection of every cheese on the menu, including an entire small cheese (think Camembert, goat, or baby brie). There is also an option to order Parmigiana Reggiano with local honey. Yum. When we go to Belly, the first thing we do is order our wine. The list is glass heavy but we always go for a bottle, the cheaper the better. This time, we ordered our bottle and asked our server to talk to us about the cheese. We hear about the eight varieties in detail. They sound SO good. If there are two things about my best friend and me that are true, they are that we love cheese plates and can’t make decisions. Sooooo……the Mongress Loves You won! Our waiter looked at us in way that made me feel like he thought we were secret fat kids and had at least 2 extra heads, but also in a way where I could tell he was sort of proud of us for going for it.
We drank our wine, catching up, excited about the cheese to come. Maybe we were a little embarrassed that we had ordered well over 10 ounces of cheese for the two of us, but what did we care? And then we got the cheese. Oh my Lord. It was so good. Every once of those 10 plus ounces of cheese was perfect, served with honey, plain and cranberry walnut toasts, and some nuts. Creamy, hard, semi-soft, it was the perfect combination of tastes and textures. The toasts complimented the glorious cheese, especially the creamier ones, quite well.
While we debated back and forth over our favorites, we obviously finished our bottle of wine. The cheese was almost gone, the wine was completely gone, but our conversation was far from over. Another glass! With Belly’s confusing and overwhelming wine by the glass selection (probably quite lovely for someone with a classier taste in wine and a more experienced palate) we weren’t sure what to do. I think our waiter could tell that we felt this way, or maybe he just new that we has already had a bottle of wine and essentially a pound of cheese. He offered to bring us some samples of wine to try before we made our selections. We tried 3 red wines, and each pour was at least 2 ounces. We didn’t even need that glass after that! Our waiter passionately described each type of wine in the way he’d gotten into the cheese. We hemmed and hawed, eventually ordered 2 glasses. Our waiter then brought us another treat on the house- the Parmigiana-Reggiano with local honey. It was the last thing that we needed, but we certainly ate it. It was delicious!
So, if I were you, I’d give Belly a try. Although I’d always stick to wine and cheese, lots of other other interesting things did keep coming out of the kitchen. Find it in Kendall Square!