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May 12, 2009 12:40 PM

Pigalle or Troquet for my anniversary dinner?

Hubby and I will be celebrating our anniversary at the end of June. We are both in our 50's.

Last year we had dinner at Hamersley's Bistro. It was fantastic.

This year I am leaning towards Pigalle or Troquet. We have never been to either of these restaurants. I am looking for something nice but not too stuffy.

Any comments on either of these restaurants or any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Is No. 9 Park more expensive than these two places?

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  1. Troquet has some of the most transcendent food in Boston, and a nice view of the Garden, but the room is noisy and cramped, and the service sometimes a little spacey. The wine program is quite possibly the finest in the city.

    It's been a few years since I was last at Pigalle, but while I thought the food and wine were fine, even good, they weren't in the same league as Troquet. The atmosphere is quite nice.

    No 9 Park is a significant step up in price from either. Quality is excellent, but the value isn't.

    One other place I'd put on the list is Salts in Cambridge. It's tiny, subdued, and romantic, with what I think is the very best high-end food in the Boston area. Price range is similar to Troquet and Pigalle. One caveat: beer and wine only, no liquor.

    1. I would pick Troquet over Pigalle...I went to Pigalle recently and they are really slipping. I would also recommend is always consistently amazing and dining room never gets too loud, no matter how full it is.

      1. Someone recommended Oleana in Cambridge.

        Any thoughts on this restaurant for an anniversary dinner the end of June?

        3 Replies
        1. re: Janiekins

          Oleana's outdoor patio is wonderful; indoors is cramped, loud, and a little uncomfortable. Some people love the food; I like it, but don't consider it to be in the same league as the above ideas.

          1. re: Janiekins

            Troquet over Pigalle -- although I can't say I have found Pigalle to be slipping. It is just that the room and the "feel" of Troquet is a bit more festive. OTOH, I have experienced some spaciness in service at Troquet.

            No. 9 Park -- do it if you can afford it. Had a virtually perfect meal there - during Restaurant Week, if you can believe it.

            Oleana -- Heartily disagree about inside being uncomfortable. Assuming No. 9 Park is being saved for a really big anniversary - I'd go for Oleana. It is a bit different and you might score an outside table.

            1. re: bgavin

              Last year we at outside on the patio at Hammersley's.

              Which do you like more - Hammersley's or Oleana?

              Thanks so much!