last night me and my mom went out to dinner at Menton in Boston, which is one of Barbara Lynch’s restaurants
Menton is a very upscale restaurant, designed mainly for special occasions. They offer a seasonal 4 course menu with a few variations to choose from for each course, or a chef’s tasting menu
Although you choose 4 courses, they bring out a lot of little Amuse Bouche’s (a fancy name for a single bite of food) in between courses
I forgot to snap a pic of the first one (overly excited to consume)
the second was a piece of sausage with a mussel and pickled mustard. It was fab.
can’t forget about the cocktails! I got the Menton mule which was a mix of sparkling wine, vodka, cucumber, and lime I believe? it was delicious
my mom got some cocktail with tequila in it. LOTS of tequila..it was good though.
this little crossaint was one of my favorite parts of the whole meal. Flakey, buttery perfection. Thankfully they serve just one per person, but I easily could of eaten about 50 of them.
My mom and I chose a different item for each course so we could try as many things as possible.
(I should of taken a picture of the menu so I could accurately describe each item but I’ll do my best) for the first course I chose the peyote crab that was paired with a pepper aoil, fava beans, crab wrapped in house cured lardo, and a tomato truffle dressing. The crab flavor was the star of the show which I really liked, our only slight complaint was that it was a bit salty.
my mom ordered a tuna tare tare with beets, a red onion pickled relish, and some kind of date puree. The tuna was prepared in 3 different ways, chopped, lightly seared, and deep fried. This dish was so good. All of the flavors came together so well. I normally don’t even like beets but they paired so well with this dish. And the fresh chunks of tomato with the raw tuna. So, so good.
quick picture of mommy!
for the second course I ordered the sea bass which came with a corn cake, mussels, and a red pepper sauce. The flavors were really delicious and the fish was cooked perfectly. A real turn off of this dish for me was all the oil on the bottom. While it looks pretty, I think the dish would of been a whole lot better without it.
my mom wins best dish again. She ordered the halibut which was cooked to perfection. The fish was wrapped in thinly sliced eggplant, paired with a squash and tomato tartine and some fabulous sauce.
I hands down won best 3rd course. House made gnocchi served over a rich potato puree with caramelized onion ricotta, and a perfectly cooked runny egg. The gnocchi were so delicate they melted in my mouth. The fresh zucchini was a nice addition to the rich dish. And the runny yolk..so, so, SO good.
my mom ordered a pork dish. i don’t really know what it came with but I took one bite and was really disturbed by how much lavender flower was in the dish. It was inedible to me. We mentioned this to the server and he felt horrible and offered us another entree or complimentary cheese course as a replacement. By this point we were both full so that wasn’t necessary.
for dessert I ordered the raspberry crumble but what I was served was definitely a modern take on a traditional crumble. The pistachio ice cream was good, but I wasn’t really a fan of any other component of the dish.
my mom ordered the goat cheese custard which sounds like it should be really good, and while it looked beautiful taste wise it was really disappointing.
with the check we were served more amuse bouche’s: a mini chocolate, a nougat candy, and raspberry sorbet on a sesame cracker. Each one of those was amazing, I’m sorry I forgot to take a picture.
Overall Menton was a really cool experience, the service was impeccable, but some of the food was a little disappointing. When you are paying that much you expect everything to be perfect, not to be disappointed in a dish. Being a foodie myself and someone who is fascinated with all aspects of the service industry, I’m overall pleased with the experience.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!