Simple Truth Lounge, the bar in Harvard Square’s Hotel Veritas, is set to open on May 23 and we’ve got your first look at the menu. The food is limited, though there’s a very nice selection of cheeses and charcuterie, but the cocktail list contains the promised Berkshire Mountain booze and the beer list is very well-curated and local. Overall, it promises to be a nice spot for grown up drinking — something that’s lacking in Harvard Square even with the launch of the Crimson Lounge.
Cheese plate for 1-2 persons: Pick 3 $16 Cheese plate for 3 or more: All 5 included $22
Winnimere - Greensboro, Vermont - Washed-rind cow’s milk cheese covered in spruce bark. Woodsy, fruity, and savory.
Blue Ledge Farm Crottina - Salisbury, Vermont - A soft, creamy, bloomy-rinded goats milk button. Delicious with honey.
Bridge’s Abby - Colchester, Connecticut - Handmade, raw cow’s milk cheese that is semi-hard, nutty and sweet.
Spring Brook Tarentaise - Reading Vermont - Similar to French Abondance from Savoie. This farmstead cheese is nutty, fruity and floral. One of New England’s finest!
Old Chatham Shaker Blue - Old Chatham, New York - Raw sheep’s milk blue cheese in a very similar style of French Roquefort. Creamy, spicy and sweet with a long finish.
Salumeria Biellese Wild Boar Sopressata: A gamey and coarsely ground salame.
Saucisson sec Basques: With red wine, garlic and hot peppers.
Fra Mani Salame Toscano: Traditional, garlicky and peppery.
Finocchietta: A gamey and slightly sweet pork salami studded with fennel.
Cheese plate accompaniments: Marcona almonds, cornichons, local honey,whole grain mustard and fresh or dried fruit (seasonal). Side of Signorile Handmade Italian Taralli crackers, Formaggio Kitchens assorted olives
Moscow Mule $9
Ice Glen Vodka, Ginger Beer, Fresh Lime juice
Gin and Tonic $9
Greylock Gin, Fever Tree Tonic, Lime
Elijah Craig 12 yr Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth, Bitters
Old Fashioned $11
Berkshire Mountain Distiller’s Whiskey, Simple Syrup, Bitters
The Veritas Martini $12
Kir Royal $11
Sparkling wine, Chambord
Cisco Brewer’s Sankaty Light Nantucket, MA $6
Wachusett Blueberry $6
Harpoon IPA, Boston ,MA $5
Berkshire Brewing Steel Rail Pale Ale, MA $7
Berkshire Brewing Seasonal Brew $7
Pretty Things Jack D’Or $15
Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits $15
Gritty McDuff’s Black Fly Stout $13
NV Gruet Brut, New Mexico $12
NV Zardetto Prosecco 187 ml $15
NV Niolas Feuillatte Champagne, France $105
2008 Grinalda Vinho Verde, Portugal $9
2009 Domaine de L’Aumonier Sauvigon Blanc, Loire, France $9
2007 St. ‘M’ Riesling Pfalz, Germany $9
2009 Araldica Gavi, Piedmont, Italy $11
2007 Morgan Chardonnay, Monterey, CA $13
2007 Le Mazet de Gassac Languedoc, France $7
2007 Gerard Bertrand Pinot Noir Reserve, Languedoc, France $10
2008 Que Grenache, Campo de Borja, Spain $9
2004 Poderi Elia Barbera D’Alba, Piedmont, Italy $12
2007 Rock and Vine Cabernet Sauvignon, Calfornia $10
2008 Jean Bousquet Malbec, Argentina $9
W.J Graham’s Six Grape Ruby Port $15
Quinta Do Noval 10 yr Tawny Port $18
Emilio Lustau Rare Amontillado ‘Escuadrilla’ $17