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Help deciding between Rendezvous, Troquet, Salts, EVOO

jayk Dec 28, 2006 05:56 PM

We finally got a sitter and are eagerly anticipating a nice night out w/o the toddler. Originally we were going with Craigie (been there before) but they are not open on Monday. Then we thought about going to Neptune (and old pre baby haunt), but wife is pregnant again so no raw oysters and no drinking! Have also been to L'Espalier, Clio, No.9. But a little too pretentious for us. I understand Troquet is often lumped with them but are willing to give it a try if it is worth it. So our other choices are narrowed to Rendezvous, Troquet, Salts, EVOO. Haven't been to any of them - any thoughts?

  1. Joanie Dec 28, 2006 05:58 PM

    You could get that deal and a half tasting menu at Evoo on a weeknight, worth checking out. They're all good.

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      Bostonbob3 Dec 28, 2006 06:00 PM

      //Then we thought about going to Neptune (and old pre baby haunt), but wife is pregnant again...//

      Must be all those oysters! :)

      Out of all the places you mentioned, I'd go with Salts, especially if you haven't been before. Rendezvous would be my second choice from your picks.

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        9lives Dec 28, 2006 06:04 PM

        I like Troquet a lot; but they're also closed Mondays.

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          bookdwarf Dec 28, 2006 06:23 PM

          I'd second EVOO. It's one of my favorite restaurants in the entire area. The tasting menu is a good deal---they usually slip in an extra plate in there.

          1. j
            jayk Dec 28, 2006 07:23 PM

            Oh darn! I just called Salts and EVOO. They are all closed on the 1st of January. Oh well - I guess Rendezvous it is.

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            1. re: jayk
              Bostonbob3 Dec 28, 2006 07:24 PM

              Well, as third choices go, it's a real good one. I think you'll like the food a lot.

            2. BostonZest Dec 28, 2006 08:05 PM

              You are not settling- Rendezvous is great and seems to perfectly fit the guidelines you set out. If I get over there this week, I'll order:

              Salad of chilled lobster, avocado and citrus vinaigrette 12

              Braised lamb shank with rosemary, green peppercorns and potato mousseline 25

              They have a way with Lamb and over the years I have learned to savor Steve Johnson's way with a composed salad.

              1. j
                jayk Dec 28, 2006 09:17 PM

                Thanks for your suggestions - I was just looking at the menu. Looking forward to a good meal!

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                  HeelsSoxHound Dec 29, 2006 04:07 PM

                  agreed that you're not settling w/Rendezvous. they do a great job, and the food is certainly good enough to warrant a special night out. next time you get a sitter, though, troquet is far and away *my* favorite restaurant in boston. i have dreams about their suckling pig. also, they are a great deal less pretentious than 9park or clio, with a much prettier room and better wine list. *shrug* not really a contest, imho. not to denigrate those other places at all, of course...

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                    chef poncho Dec 29, 2006 05:51 PM

                    I couldn't agree more with your feelings for Troquet. The food is great and the wine selection is killer.

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