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Phantom Gourmet: New Kendall Square Restaurants

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Tournedos of beef at Catalyst.

Tournedos of beef at Catalyst.

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CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Kendall Square in Cambridge has suddenly become a hot bed of new restaurants.

Dan Andelman of the Phantom Gourmet visits three of the neighborhood’s most talked-about new eateries.

Catalyst is a vast, exciting new restaurant in Kendall Square. This industrial space is dimly lit with a double sided fireplace and long, stylish bar. Elegant eats like the tournedos of beef are topped with a taleggio ravioli and red wine demi-glace. And the decadent chocolate fondant is the perfect way to wrap up your meal with a hazelnut streusel and banana coulis.

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Kika Tapas offers creative Spanish eats in a funky space clad with eye popping wall paper. Small plates are the specialty, like baby lamb chops cooked with a sweet apricot glaze.

But if you’re looking to feast, try the Paella Valenciana overflowing with pork sausage, chorizo, chicken and seafood.

Just down the street, Abigail’s is another Kendall Square newbie offering upscale eats at down to earth prices. This American style bistro is attracting crowds for the raw bar, along with thick cut steaks and a killer barbecue brisket sandwich topped with a fried egg.

And some other Phantom favorites include “Amelia’s Trattoria” for Italian cuisine and “Hungry Mother” for upscale southern food.

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