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cscott4313 Apr 6, 2009 10:06 PM

Anything to add to the list?

French
*Craigie on Main – craigiestreetbistrot.com, Cambridge, 853 Main (617-497-5511)
*Mistral –www.mistralbistro.com/#start, 223 Columbus Avenue, Boston (617-867-9300)
Troquet – www.troquetboston.com, (and Wine Bar) 140 Boylston Street, Boston (617-695-9463
)Pigalle – www.pigalleboston.com, 75 Charles Street South, Boston (617-423-4944
)La Voile – www.lavoileboston.net, 259 Newbury Street, Boston (617-587-4200

)

French/Contemporary
Salts – www.saltsrestaurant.com, 798 Main Street, Cambridge (617-876-8444
)L’Espalier – www.lespalier.com/index.shtml, 774 Boylston Street, Boston (617-262-3023
)Radius – www.radiusrestaurant.com, 8 High Street, Boston (617-426-1234

)

French/Cuban
Chez Henri – www.chezhenri.com/index.php, 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge (617-354-8980

)

French/Italian
*No. 9 Park – no9park.com, Beacon Hill, 9 Park St. (617-742-9991)

  1. c
    cscott4313 Apr 12, 2009 07:50 PM

    Had Easter brunch at Hamersley’s Bistro today and was impressed with the meal quality and ambiance. We started with their assorted sweet breads and muffins: an apple sticky-bun (outrageously delicious and moist), bananna bread (good but dense), a chocolate bread and a walnut scone. I then ordered the "Poached Eggs with Morbier Cheese, Smoky Bacon and Spicy Breakfast Sausage on a Toasted English Muffin with Herb Sauce." The eggs were perfectly cooked and made even more delectable with the addition of the melt-in-your-mouth meats and thin yet creamy herb sauce. Spectacular. The only drawback was our waiter -- not horrible or even bad, just attitudinally not up to par. Otherwise, superb meal! Can't wait to try it for dinner!

    1. m
      maggiepie Apr 12, 2009 07:19 PM

      aujourd'hui at the four seasons

      1. Snoop37 Apr 8, 2009 09:28 PM

        Not that I've ever been to either of these places, but there's Jasmine Bistro which is Hungarian/French and also The Hungry i. Both seem to be fairly popular here.

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          julieapfel Apr 7, 2009 12:25 PM

          Sel de la Terre for sure. I recently ordered the charcuterie plate which I've never had. I'm not an expert on French cuisine but this seemed pretty legit. I have had consistently great experiences here, with one exceptionally enthusiastic waiter.

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            cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 12:39 PM

            Waiter's name?

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              cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 12:49 PM

              Also, I would love to hear anyone's impression on Radius. A friend suggested it but I have never been.

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                hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 03:12 PM

                radius consistently underwhelms me and the wine mark-ups are staggering.

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                  alwayscooking Apr 7, 2009 03:17 PM

                  Lots of postings on Radius on this board.

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                    c
                    cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 05:20 PM

                    ---- UDATED LIST -----

                    French
                    *Craigie on Main – craigiestreetbistrot.com, Cambridge, 853 Main (617-497-5511)
                    Mistral –www.mistralbistro.com/#start, 223 Columbus Avenue, Boston (617-867-9300)
                    Lumiére – www.lumiererestaurant.com, 1293 Washington Street, Boston (617-224-9199
                    )*Hamersley’s Bistro – www.hamersleysbistro.com, South End, 553 Tremont (617-423-2700
                    )Aujourd’hui – http://www.fourseasons.com/boston/dining/aujourd_hui.html, 200 Boylston Street, Boston (617-351-2037) (Located on the Second Floor
                    )Troquet – www.troquetboston.com, (and Wine Bar) 140 Boylston Street, Boston (617-695-9463
                    )Aquitane – www.aquitaineboston.com, 569 Tremont Street, Boston (617-424-8577
                    )Pigalle – www.pigalleboston.com, 75 Charles Street South, Boston (617-423-4944
                    )Sel de la Terre – www.seldelaterre.com, 255 State Street, Boston (617-720-1300
                    )La Voile – www.lavoileboston.net, 259 Newbury Street, Boston (617-587-4200
                    )Gaslight – www.gaslight560.com, 560 Harrison Avenue, South End (617-422-0224
                    )Sandrines – www.sandrines.com, 8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge (617-497-5300
                    )Pierrot Bistrot – http://pierrotbistrot.com, 272 Cambridge Street, Beacon Hill (617-725-8855
                    )Petit Robert Bistro – www.petitrobertbistro.com, 468 Commonwealth Ave., Boston (617-375-0699

                    )

                    French/Brasserie
                    *Eastern Standard – www.easternstandardboston.com, 528 Commonwealth Ave, Kenmore Square, Boston (617-532-9100
                    )Boucheé – www.boucheebrasserie.com, 159 Newbury Street, Boston (617-450-4343

                    )

                    French/Contemporary
                    *Clío – www.cliorestaurant.com, 370 Commonwealth Ave, Boston (617-536-7200
                    )*Salts – www.saltsrestaurant.com, 798 Main Street, Cambridge (617-876-8444
                    )L’Espalier – www.lespalier.com/index.shtml, 774 Boylston Street, Boston (617-262-3023

                    )

                    French/Cuban
                    Chez Henri – www.chezhenri.com/index.php, 1 Shepard Street, Cambridge (617-354-8980

                    )

                    French/Italian
                    *No. 9 Park – no9park.com, Beacon Hill, 9 Park St. (617-742-9991)

                    French/Japanese – Sushi
                    *O Ya – www.oyarestaurantboston.com, Near South Station, 9 East St. (617-654-9909

                    )

                    Comments, reviews, opinions, suggestions all appreciated. Thanks

                    1. re: cscott4313
                      hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 06:48 PM

                      add uni to your french/japanese category and i'd put both gaslight and aquitaine in the brasserie section.

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                        alwayscooking Apr 7, 2009 07:42 PM

                        At this rate, most of the nicer restaurants in Boston will be on the list - Sasso, Sorellina, Sibling Rivalry, etc.

                        !?!

                        1. re: alwayscooking
                          hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 08:53 PM

                          sasso and sorellina are both italian and sibling is, well, whatever it is, it's not french by any stretch.

                          this list is a pretty small handful of places.

                          1. re: hotoynoodle
                            alwayscooking Apr 7, 2009 09:06 PM

                            They have chefs that are traditionally trained and their menu wanders all over the continent like Mistral, Craigie, etc. Perhaps these two belong in the French/Italian section?

                            The list encompasses most of the nicer places in Boston and I'm sure we could find places for those not yet on it.

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                              cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 09:06 PM

                              Sibling says that it's Modern American. Anyways really appreciate the help so far.

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                          C. Hamster Apr 8, 2009 06:12 AM

                          Why no Brasserie Jo?

                          It's a great place.

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                            resipsaloquitor Apr 8, 2009 02:43 PM

                            Ditto.

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                              cscott4313 Apr 8, 2009 05:20 PM

                              Got it thanks!

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                                cscott4313 Apr 8, 2009 08:31 PM

                                Still, any further suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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                            kobuta Apr 15, 2009 09:44 AM

                            I suppose "favorite" is debatable but Mantra does French-Indian. I find the concept at least intriguing. Had a decent meal years ago (when they first opened).

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                        julieapfel Apr 14, 2009 10:57 AM

                        I'm sorry - I don't remember his name but he is Asian-American with a distinct voice

                    2. alwayscooking Apr 7, 2009 11:00 AM

                      Many of your restaurants I'd call continental or new American rather than truly French. I'm also unclear on the goal of this compilation since you've not asked for reviews/opinions on these places and seem to have such a loose definition.

                      But I'm willing to add more:
                      Clio
                      Boucher
                      Aujourd'hui

                      Google could help you with more.

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                        hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 11:06 AM

                        *bouchee*

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                          c
                          cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 12:11 PM

                          Sorry to not include sufficient information. For clarification, I would absolutely appreciate any reviews or opinions people might have on new restaurants, or the ones I have listed. Furthermore, any clarifications about how I should change the classifications of the restaurants I have listed are welcomed. Thanks.

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                            alwayscooking Apr 7, 2009 12:28 PM

                            Mr. 4313

                            Curious as to how you'll be using this list - it might help with our input.

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                              cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 12:38 PM

                              I have family, friends and associates that come out to visit the boston area often. So, A) I want to ensure a great culinary experience when I go out to eat with friends, B) I want to be able to suggest the right places for others. This is not a buisness of mine, but a passion for good food. The best times I have had revolve around good food, good friends, and good family. Just trying to keep that trend going haha.

                        2. hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 10:57 AM

                          aquataine and hammersley's.

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                            cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 12:25 PM

                            Would you consider hammersley's more french or just contemporary continental?

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                              hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 12:43 PM

                              his foundation and techniques are decidedly french. i have no idea what you mean by "contemporary continental". that sounds like something a chain restaurant would put on their mission statement.

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                                cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 12:46 PM

                                Haha thanks.

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                            Taralli Apr 7, 2009 07:57 AM

                            Sandrine's in Harvard Square: http://www.sandrines.com/

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                              cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 10:48 AM

                              Thanks so much everyone. Keep 'em comming!

                            2. C. Hamster Apr 7, 2009 07:48 AM

                              Brasserie Jo, esp. for Alsatian cuisine

                              1. barleywino Apr 7, 2009 04:56 AM

                                French/Asian: CLio, O-Ya
                                French/brasserie: Eastern Standard

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                                  Joanie Apr 7, 2009 05:59 AM

                                  Pierrot (sp): Cambridge St., Beacon Hill
                                  Bon Savor: crepes and stuff, JP
                                  Lumiere: W. Newton

                                2. enhF94 Apr 7, 2009 04:02 AM

                                  French/Cambodian: Elephant Walk

                                  a particularly useful thread for culinary students, I bet.

                                  1. Prav Apr 6, 2009 11:25 PM

                                    Petit Robert

                                    Gaslight

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