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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

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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

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

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

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  1. Prav RE: cscott4313 Apr 6, 2009 11:25 PM

    Petit Robert

    Gaslight

    1. enhF94 RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 04:02 AM

      French/Cambodian: Elephant Walk

      a particularly useful thread for culinary students, I bet.

      1. barleywino RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 04:56 AM

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

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          Joanie RE: barleywino Apr 7, 2009 05:59 AM

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

        2. C. Hamster RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 07:48 AM

          Brasserie Jo, esp. for Alsatian cuisine

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            Taralli RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 07:57 AM

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

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              cscott4313 RE: Taralli Apr 7, 2009 10:48 AM

              Thanks so much everyone. Keep 'em comming!

            2. hotoynoodle RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 10:57 AM

              aquataine and hammersley's.

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                cscott4313 RE: hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 12:25 PM

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

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                  hotoynoodle RE: cscott4313 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 RE: hotoynoodle Apr 7, 2009 12:46 PM

                    Haha thanks.

              2. alwayscooking RE: cscott4313 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 RE: alwayscooking Apr 7, 2009 11:06 AM

                  *bouchee*

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                    cscott4313 RE: alwayscooking 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 RE: cscott4313 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 RE: alwayscooking 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.

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                    julieapfel RE: cscott4313 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 RE: julieapfel Apr 7, 2009 12:39 PM

                      Waiter's name?

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                        cscott4313 RE: 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 RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 03:12 PM

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

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                            alwayscooking RE: cscott4313 Apr 7, 2009 03:17 PM

                            Lots of postings on Radius on this board.

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                              cscott4313 RE: alwayscooking 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/din..., 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

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                                hotoynoodle RE: cscott4313 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 RE: hotoynoodle 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.

                                  !?!

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                                    hotoynoodle RE: alwayscooking 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.

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                                      alwayscooking RE: hotoynoodle 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 RE: hotoynoodle 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 RE: cscott4313 Apr 8, 2009 06:12 AM

                                    Why no Brasserie Jo?

                                    It's a great place.

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                                      resipsaloquitor RE: C. Hamster Apr 8, 2009 02:43 PM

                                      Ditto.

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                                        cscott4313 RE: resipsaloquitor Apr 8, 2009 05:20 PM

                                        Got it thanks!

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                                          cscott4313 RE: cscott4313 Apr 8, 2009 08:31 PM

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

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                                      kobuta RE: cscott4313 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 RE: cscott4313 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. Snoop37 RE: cscott4313 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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                                  maggiepie RE: cscott4313 Apr 12, 2009 07:19 PM

                                  aujourd'hui at the four seasons

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                                    cscott4313 RE: 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!

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