Miracle of Science
I am always amazed at the connection between a restaurant’s identity—its food, atmosphere, people—and its name. When chosen carefully, the name adds an air of elegance to the overall impression of a restaurant. For example, WD~50 derives its name from the initials of its executive chef Wylie Dufresne and the street which it is located on, 50 Clinton Street. At the same time, the name plays on the popular lubricant WD-40, which prevents those pesky doors from squeaking.
On the other hand, some names just do not make sense. For example, during my recent trip to Boston, I visited a restaurant called Miracle of Science. There was nothing science-related about my experience there. No fancy molecular gastronomy techniques. No onion ring volcanoes. Just plain, grilled food. Sure, one could argue that science involves all aspects of cooking—because it does, but the founders of Miracle of Science could have done better in choosing a name that shares synergy with the restaurant’s overall identity. To be fair, the restaurant serves good food that neither amazes nor underwhelms, and its menu is periodic table-themed, but that is as far as the intellect goes at Miracle of Science.
I ordered a Ronie burger and my friend Handson ordered the chicken sandwich. While I did not get to taste the chicken sandwich, Handson said that the chicken sandwich was great. The Ronie burger was good. It was not too salty, not too oily, and had subtle tinge of spiciness added throughout. The buns were definitely a highlight of the burger; they were soft and light on the inside but carried a paper-thin, crisp shell on the outside. Vegetables such as lettuce and tomato in the burger were fresh, and the meat was not dry.
Instead of fries, the grilled sandwich plates come with potato chunks which are surprisingly tasty. They are burnt till a nice, dark shell coats a large portion of the outside, so the entire pieces of potato crumbled well in my mouth.
Nutritionally speaking, I would not recommend Miracle of Science if you are on a diet. The oil overpowers any health benefits of fresh vegetables, and the buns are not made of whole-wheat flour.
Miracle of Science Bar + Grill
321 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139