We didn’t know what to expect when we got to the Gluttonous Goat Gastropub in Boca Raton, but by the time we finished dinner, we think we found a new favorite craft house restaurant review in Boca. Located in the Mizner Park area, we found the place rather easy, but parking is limited so you might have to so some hunting if you go during peak hours. There is some outside seating but we ventured inside for the cool A/C.
We were greeted by the hostess and were seated immediately. We didn’t need a reservation, but the place isn’t that large and we imagine it can fill up fast, so you might want to book ahead. There is a long bar with stools that was quite busy and some high top tables as well. They dining area is split into two sections and we were closest to the kitchen. We got a nice table near the window and settled in to look through the menu just as our server (Erik) came up.
He was very friendly and helpful guiding us through some menu recommendations. No specials of the day here as it was explained that all the regular menu items are ‘special’. Yeah, we’ve heard that before, but one look at the menu and you would have to agree. This is the most unique menu we have seen in a very long time. It’s split into three sections, Pub Grub – which is the sharable appetizer dishes, Charred – you meat selections that are a-la-carte, Plates – your more complete meal with protein and two sides and finally Sides – you guessed it, side items. We did have a difficult time picking out what we wanted, but that’s only because almost everything on the menu sounded excellent. We ordered a few beers and narrowed down the search and placed our order.
The first item out was our item from the Pub Grub section – Mezcal Candied Goat ($12) – served on top of Seared Mushroom Polenta / Apple Carpaccio / Charred Green Onion / Ancho Chili Glaze. The presentation was amazing all stacked nice and neat and since you also eat with your eyes, set us up for the taste. The polenta was creamy inside, but firm enough to stand up and was the perfect vehicle to hold the toppings. We normally do not like polenta and this was the exception. We liked the creaminess of it along with the slight mushroom bite. The candied goat was tender and didn’t have that ‘goat’ gaminess at all. The chili glaze had a slight sweetness to it that balanced out the spicy heat. We really liked it a lot.
Next up was our main Plates. I ordered the Herb Charred Lamb Shank ($18) – Cabernet Franc Bordelaise Pan Sauce / Boniato Sugar Cane Puree / Bruleed Plantains. Again, the presentation was amazing. The lamb was so tender you didn’t need a knife at all and the flavor was spot on. It was a large lamb shank that had quite a bit of meat on it. The sauce was also really good and paired with the dish perfectly. The sugar cane puree was so smooth and the sweetness really carried through and very unique. The plantains were also really good and not overly sweet which worked well with the sugar cane puree. We both really liked this dish as well, especially the sugar cane puree.
Jeff ordered The Jerk ($18) – All Day Braised Jerked Goat Leg / Coconut Milk Mashed Potatoes / Curry Nage / Tomato Jam. They really knocked it out of the park with the presentation on this dish, it looked amazing. The goat was mild and the jerk seasoning wasn’t overly spicy. The meat was tender and no need for a knife. The curry sauce was on the mild side, but very smooth and still packed with curry flavor. The tomato jam was so good, we wanted a jar to take home. Sweet and savory at the same time, it makes you wonder how they do it. Another dish we really liked.
We also added on a side of Brussel Sprouts & Fried Kale ($7) – with Creole Sausage / Worcestershire / Chilli / Mezcal. We originally thought that $7 was a bit much for a side, but the portion was huge. This was more like an appetizer and easily shared by 2-3 people. The fried kale was excellent and the brussel sprouts? Excellent. Now there are two places that I like brussel sprouts and I finally see what the fuss has been about over the past few years. These were tender and not bitter at all. The sauce had a slight sweetness to it and the chili was a bit mild making them incredibly easy to eat. We also liked the small pieces of Creole Sausage mixed in which gave the dish some variety.
We wished we had room for dessert, but we stuffed ourselves full. We noticed the table next to us was making s’mores, how cool! We will have to plan a way to fit dessert in on our next visit. We really liked the Gluttonous Goat Gastropub and found ourselves still talking about it today (in a good way) and that’s the sign of a really good restaurant. If they are already this good at only a month old, we can only imagine what’s in the days ahead. Points for good service too, everyone we came into contact with was so nice and polite and our server was on the spot whenever we needed him.
One thing to note is that if you order from the Pub Grub side of the menu, the food might not come out all at once. We noticed that those items were leaving the kitchen as they were finished cooking. If you order these as appetizers, it’s not a big deal, but if it’s your entrée just take note.
Gluttonous Goat Gastropub is locate at 99 SE Mizner Blvd Boca Raton FL.