Dessert is also a mixed bag. Lemon souffle turns out to be more of a semifreddo, but it’s refreshingly tart, topped with lavender streusel. Blackberry and white chocolate bread pudding is a mess, a sweet, smushy blob. A special one night, featuring apple “tips,” takes the place’s shtick one step too far. Tofu tips I can roll with. Tomato tips? That’s overtipping.
Fortunately for the Tip Tap Room, its Beacon Hill location is tops, making it a magnet for young professionals, hospital workers, and the pre- and post-Celtics crowd. On a Friday night, postgrad frat brothers and their beautiful, dressed-up girls take over the tables. It’s the taps they seem most interested in. The Tip Tap Room could probably get away with serving generic pub grub. Poe is not interested. His effort and creativity are to be appreciated even on nights when the place is off its game.