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Feb 17

Deconstructed Cannoli at The Living Room, Boynton Beach,FL

Living Room

After reading a recent review in our local paper regarding The Living Room, a hip lounge/eatery, and their version of a “shareable” cannoli, I decided to make a visit to see for myself.
The Living Room is located in a strip center in Boynton Beach, FL. It’s amazing how you forget the outside surroundings once inside as owner Lisa Mercado has transformed the space into a funky pub with live music, comfy couches and chairs, and an artsy decor. It was a busy Saturday night so reservations are important, or get there early and you can get a table at the restaurants next door neighbor “The Pub”. This “dressed down” companion shares the same menu with some live music of its own. Either way, both are a great place for “date night” or a night out with friends.
My wife had the signature house cocktail-The Pink Living Room. She usually doesn’t like “sweet drinks” but she did enjoy this libation quite a bit. As an appetizer we shared the Scotch Eggs-a hard boiled egg surrounded by the most wonderful sausage(per-cured from Cameron’s British Foods and Importers in Cape Coral, FL), breaded, baked, and served with spicy mustard. These are just as delicious as they sound and something very different and fun to try which is what makes The Living Room so special.

Scottish Eggs

Scottish Eggs


Next we had a Veggie Cake which looked more like a big round falafel. It is made with black beans(some puréed to hold the cake together and some whole), roasted corn, and then lightly breaded and baked. It is topped with an avocado sauce and served over mixed greens with a side of their house made orzo.
Veggie Cake

Veggie Cake


Next was the Steak and Mushroom Pie: Tender beef, mushrooms, and gravy, nestled between two pieces of golden pastry. It is served with mashed potatoes, broccoli, and carrots. This very rich dish really hits the spot if your hungry.
Steak and Mushroom Pie

Steak and Mushroom Pie


We also tried the Florentine Crepes which are veggie crepes (but we added chicken at no extra charge). They are drizzled with a balsamic reduction and served with broccoli and carrots. A tasty lighter dish to compliment the heavy Steak and mushroom pie.
Florentine Crepes

Florentine Crepes


Dessert number 1(did you really think I was only going to try one?!) was the Peanut Butter Pie. This is a sumptuous peanut butter filling carefully topped with rich dark chocolate in just the right amount to not make this a chocolate pie with peanut flavor, as the peanuts need to take charge here and they do! The crunchy crust holds everything together and provides a balanced contrast in textures. The pie is then enveloped in a ring of whipped cream( a bit too much here as a dollop would have been fine). Ms. Mercado says she has won numerous awards for this crowd pleasing treat. This receives 4.5 Stars for “Is it Good”.
Peanut Butter Pie

Peanut Butter Pie

4 and half stars
Last but not least is The Cannoli Chip-N-Dip. It’s like the dessert version of chips and hummus. This is basically a deconstructed cannoli which Lisa says is much easier to share, as your friends aren’t taking a bite of your messy cannoli and handing it back to you. Great idea! Here you get “Cannoli Chips” and a separate plentiful bowl of “Cannoli Filling”. Still delicious, but much “cleaner” to share, plus the shell(chips) don’t get soggy!! The appearance of these chips is decieving as they look like blue corn chips but they are indeed a sweet cannoli shell in chip form, lovingly coated in a light dusting of powdered sugar. The rich filling is loaded with chocolate chips, drizzled with chocolate sauce, and surrounded by dreamy whipped cream. 4 Stars here for “Is it Good”.
Chip-N-Dip Cannoli

Chip-N-Dip Cannoli

4 stars
Ms. Mercado is a super host, making sure she spends time with her guests even on a busy night. Her eatery encorporates the popular Farm-to-Table concept as she tries to use the freshest local ingredients(an exception is the potatoes as she is a huge fan of Idaho’s). In her desserts she uses regular white flour and brown sugar but does use organic eggs. With all this in mind I will give these two desserts 3 hearts for “Is it Good For You”. This gives The Living Room a total score of 7.25.Three Hearts
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the great service, live music, eclectic atmosphere, and uniquely delicious food at this fun spot. TheDessertDoctor.com

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