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Jun 8, 2007 05:23 AM

Troquet - Surprisingly Unpretentious

As many times as I have walked by Troquet, I had never ventured in until last week. I happen to be walking by when I noticed the new little bar in the front, with the windows open to the street and it looked really welcoming. Now, I hesitated, because I didn't feel like I was dressed up enough (jeans and a simple T), but I'm glad I went in. They have a wonderful selection of wines by the glass (2 oz or 4oz pours) and since I really just wanted something to nibble, rather than a full meal, I went with the cheese tray - perfect! A selection of 3 cheeses, paired with the wine I had ordered and served with a moist raisin bread, hazelnuts, pecans and quince.

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  1. Thanks Peg, I've been wanting to get there myself. You've piqued my interest and appetite.

    1. Thanks for the recommendation! I too have walked by often and will now make it a definite stop. A really good wine and cheese break is very appealing. I think it is something about the space, small, elegant and quiet, that seemed a bit intimidating. Inexplicable in hindsight, since those are all excellent qualities! Look forward to some exploratory pairings.

      1. The couple that own the place are not at all pretentious... they do know their stuff though and the meals I have had there have been quite nice. The decor makes it a place where one can have fun being a bit dressed up for an evening out.

        1. I have eaten there twice and loved it, both times. Once was with a college aged child- she loved it, too. Fabulous wines by the glass. Top notch food. Glad you found it.

          1. Just a note - we ate here recently and I can't remember if I posted. The tasting menu was fantastic - every course was really great (and the "amuse" is the size of a full appetizer, so it's really 6 courses). But if you get the wine pairing, they just give you the cheapest pour from the category (e.g. pinot noir, etc.) that goes with your course, and charge you the list price. If I had known that I would have either specifically ordered the wine with each course myself, or told them I had a larger budget for wine and had them pair accordingly. We had a great night there overall though.

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            1. re: MrsCheese

              I like Troquet a lot.

              My best meals have been when we did the tasting/wine pairing...but gave them a larger budget for wine.

              They really rose to the occassion.

              1. re: MrsCheese

                BTW, most serious wine restaurants will also cook a tasting menu around a bottle of wine of good breeding and vintage, so that could be another strategy.

                1. re: MrsCheese

                  My first time there I got confused because the amuse was so big and quickly downed my first glass of wine by accident.

                  You can ask for better wines by the glass and they'll do it, but even at the lowest end there the wines are pretty good. And by course nine or whatever you will likely be 1/2 in the bag anyway if you choose 4 oz pours, which I've found are rather heavy there.

                  Anyway, one my favorite places in town.

                  1. re: sailormouth

                    Troquet is great. The best combo of food and wine in Boston. Expensive, but worth it.