If there's one thing you learned from watching Braveheart, it's that the Scottish people possess a fiercely independent spirit, and if your name is Bruce, you get a "the" in front of it. Now bringing their fiercely independent grub to JP, The Haven, opening today.
From a Scottish expat/ acclaimed 9-year Matt Murphy's vet eager to import a little Tartan taste to the Hub, the Haven is a pub/kitchen serving upscale across-the-pond comfort fare & craft beers in the 45-seat, two room, former Zon's space, overhauled with unvarnished reclaimed planks, an illuminated faux fireplace, a collection of antler chandeliers, and several framed Scotland v. England football programs, which thankfully weren't hung by an Englishman cuz they'd have probably been dropped. U-S-A! U-S-A! Hearty Scot fare includes a caraway crusted, ale-braised beef pie w/ onions and potatoes; a stout-battered Haddock Fish Supper sided w/ thick-cut chips and minted mushy peas; and Dijon whiskey butter-drizzled traditional lamb Haggis, Neeps and Tatties, which is exactly what you think it is: lamb heart, liver, and lungs, served with potatoes. Other deliciousness includes a mustard gravy'd Cumberland sausage w/ horseradish mashed taters; an onion marmalade-smothered half-pound burger topped w/ bacon and Ayshire Dunlop cheese; and Tikka Masala, a smoked chicken and red curry dish that allegedly originated in Glasgow, not that much of a surprise considering it is the 57th most liveable city in the world.
If you're tired of just eating haggis, TH rocks small bites like a crispy sausage-wrapped hard-boiled egg w/ spicy mustard; smoked salmon and oat cakes; and potato/onion soup w/ snap peas and bacon called Cullen Skink, as well as a solid lineup of session draughts including Notch, Bitter and Twisted, and Pretty Things, which Scotland may possess a lot of, though one is definitely not Robert the Bruce's dad.