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Dec 11, 2009 06:38 AM

Coming from Barbara Lynch - Menton

Devra First posted details here:

Named for a village on the French/Italian border (pronounce it nasally with the accent on the second syllable), it will be a high end Proven├žale/Mediterranean venue, with set menus only from around $85 - $145. She wants it to be a special occasion restaurant, a place to dress up for (good luck with that in Boston). And she modestly states, "It's not going to be precious, it's just going to be brilliant."

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  1. I find this to be particularly well-timed in light of the current economy etc.

    Also with regard to "a special occasion restaurant, a place to dress up," I have a huge collection of ascots, bow ties, and cravats that I just never have a chance to wear... now I do!

    It's not going to be precious, it's just going to be brilliant." I'm so excited.

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    1. re: StriperGuy

      When you're a celeb chef you can do anything you want. If she wants Bostonians to dress up, they must.

      Striperguy, don't forget to shine your shoes.

      1. re: CocoDan

        Well, it will be interesting to see whether she institutes a dress code for the place. My guess is no.

      2. re: StriperGuy

        Thanks, SG - I just snorted my green tea.

        RE: Name - "I think people have a hard time saying Au Bon Pain," Lynch says. Ha !

        Menton rhymes with Louis Vuitton, which immediately started the soundtrack in my mind of Vampire Weekend's "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," which somehow really seems appropriate.

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Actually, starting this at the nadir of a recession makes a certain amount of sense, in the way that "things can only get better?"

        2. this sounds like it will be great! I hope it is open by 2/21 (my bday) because it sounds like a great place for a celebration

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          1. re: cassoulady

            She is aiming for a February opening, so keep your fingers crossed.

          2. Not to sound too cynical (b/c like any new restaurant, I hope it thrives), and she must have done market research, but can Boston support another restaurant that is so pricey that people go "only once in a while" (as Lynch herself predicts)?

            1. So it's pronounced "Mehn-tawwwwwwwn"? That actually hurts when I try to say it!

              I wonder what will be $85 -- a bistro burger, perhaps? Man, this Oracle stock better start doing something or I don't think I'll be going there anytime soon.

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              1. re: hiddenboston

                Ha! Maybe you would get the truffled mornay with your gougeres, too. Or perhaps the full "menu" from Drink done as courses : )

                1. re: bostonbroad

                  I'll stick with the toasted raviolis, thank you. :-b

                2. re: hiddenboston

                  From Devra's report it sounds like the $85 menu will be at least four courses.

                3. Ok, this is all very funny - but since I don't go to her restaurants in general due to what I perceive as a poor price/quality/quantity ratio, what is it about the food that is inspiring all of these sarcastic statements?

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                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    Just a guess, but this seems like a particularly egregious example of poor price/quality ratio; coupled with an economic climate that is not exactly robust.

                    I happen to be a fan of Barbara Lynch's cuisine; mainly #9, but I too wonder whether the timing is right for a more "up market" venue. Don't get me wrong. It might be wonderful and well worth the higher cost... for those seeking fine dining. Today I'm thorouhjly enjoying my left over from Xinh Xinh..:)

                    Maybe that helps to explain the sarcastic comments...:)

                    1. re: 9lives

                      If feel like we were saying the same thing about Drink and her seemingly overpriced lunch-counter restaurant last year. Opening budget breaking, singularly focused, restaurants in a downtrodden environment seemed silly to most of us. But the products are well executed and people, though expensive, do go. She knows what she's doing.

                      1. re: cannedmilkandfruitypebbles

                        I don't disagreewith you.. see my comments below. I was responding to Bob D's post about the high level of sarcasm.

                    2. re: Bob Dobalina

                      For me, it was really just a ridiculous pricing structure for the current climate, coupled with some left over annoyance at the surreptitious price hike at Drink. I'm actually a fan of her food and go to Drink more than I should (both for the sake of my liver and my wallet).

                      1. re: bostonbroad

                        this concept was on the boards for quite some time before the economy tanked. it's been delayed because of that, but she never pulled the plug.