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Mistral on Saturday (4/19)

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My husband and I went to Mistral for the first time on Saturday to celebrate my birthday with a gift certificate. It is a lovely space with high ceilings and a nice long bar. We were promptly seated for our 7:30pm reservation. The wine list had a fair selection in all price ranges. We decided on a 2000 Château Paveil de Luze, which was well balanced but a little tannic and light for my taste. We decided to share two appetizers and an entree. We started with the Maine Crab Ravioli with Thyme-Tomato Broth and the Classic Escargots, Burgundy Style with Grilled Semolina Toasts. The ravioli were perfect texture and the sauce was very flavorful. However, overall they were a little light on the crab. The escargots were wonderful! The sauce was rich and earthy and the escargots themselves perfectly well cooked. For the entree we shared the Syrah Braised Lamb Osso Buco with Soft Corn Polenta, "Printaniere Style". The lamb was fork tender and very flavorful. The vegetables too were well prepared however, I felt the peas were a little undercooked. For dessert we shared the Vanilla Crème Brulée, Fresh Raspberries, Ginger Cookie. The creme brulee was prefect! Luxuriously smooth and full of deep vanilla flavor. This was the best part of the meal for me!! The service was flawless. Overall this was a lovely meal. However, if we didn't have a gift certificate which covered all the costs I am not sure I would have wanted to spend my own money. The food was very good but not amazing and I believe it was the space and the great service which puts Mistral in category of destination restaurant in Boston.

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  1. A lovely, detailed report! I have to say this pretty much echoes my own perceptions of Mistral, though I like undercooked peas, and have a less generous view of the price breadth of the wine list.