We took the bus from New York to Boston, sleeping through most of the four-hour ride. Once we arrived, Jesse and I got ourselves over to our friend Emily’s place, and we decompressed until it was time for dinner at Cinquecento just down the street. Between the beautiful spring blossoms everywhere and the spirit of Easter and Marathon weekend in the air, Boston was laying it on thick for our short 24-hour visit.
Our primary reason for the visit was to attend Bob’s birthday party. And then we stayed overnight at a Harvard dorm… thanks to my friend Karthik who’s in business school there.
Jesse scored the perfect reservation at Menton, a well-known Boston restaurant by restauranteur Barbara Lynch and former post of Top Chef winner Kristen Kish. They don’t normally do lunch service at Menton, but this was a special Easter Sunday lunch: 3 courses and lots of desserts.
The amuse bouches were tiny delights. I particularly liked the foie gras with tangerine on the left.
The croissant was the perfect combination of honey and salt, and I always love a nice fresh bread. Two choices here: a mini baguette and a milk roll (buttery and delicious).
For our first courses, a jumbo asparagus with crab, blood orange, and foie gras.
And the veal carpaccio with wild mushrooms, bra duro cheese, and treviso (which is like radicchio).
Our main courses: leg of lamb with rapini, pine nut, and saffron ricotta, and East Coast halibut with morels, grilled cucumber, and green garlic.
And next, our desserts: Sticky carrot cake with Greek yogurt, date and toffee, an extra little plate of treats, and…
Chocolate tart with marshmallow, peanut butter, and graham cracker. This one was Jesse’s absolute favorite (peanut + chocolate)!
Afterward, we got a nice tour of the kitchen and got to chat with the manager in the private dining room, which looks out into the kitchen. Here’s the head chef running the rest of the Easter lunch service, and some more little tiny treats (mini macarons: lavender, mint, chocolate, and lemon) that came along with our check.
And that was pretty much our Boston trip! Very quick but very delightful.
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