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Jan 11, 2010 11:46 AM

Oak Room Suggestions

My boyfriend is taking me to the Oak Room this week for a special dinner celebration. While I've been to the lounge, I've never eaten there. Any recommendations on what we shouldn't miss?

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  1. They make a wicked martini, but then it should be good at that price! They do a nice Chateaubriand for 2 sliced @ tableside.

    1. This past weekend they had a bison tenderloin special which was superb. I also highly recommend the oysters rockefeller but definitely avoid the clams casino (made with large and chewy cherrystones). We have also enjoyed the chateubriand in the past.

      1. The lamb chops. They're the best I've had in Boston.

        1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I had a wonderful evening at the Oak Room and the highlights included the duck confit foie gras. This was served simply atop a small salad of greens tossed in lemon juice. The plate was served with house-made crispy potato chips and a cranberry sauce. The cranberry sauce was incredibly flavorful with hints of cinammon, citrus and cranberries. The duck confit foie gras was delicious because it was heavier with lots of texture from the duck confit.

          For our entree, we went with the tableside service of chateaubriand. The steak was sliced and served to us tableside.The chateaubriand was cooked a delicious medium yet still noticeably pink middle. I have eaten many different cuts and preparations of steak but I have never tasted something as perfectly cooked as this. Each bite was so soft, tender and almost melted like butter in my mouth. The chateaubriand was served with two sauces - a Merlot demi glace and a bernaise. Although I tried a bit of the bernaise sauce for taste, I opted for the Merlot demi glace simply because I am not a huge fan of bernaise sauce. I ate small bites of the velvety steak, dipped in buttery smashed potatoes and the demi glace. The sauteed shiitake mushrooms were a bit salty, but the salt was a welcome contrast to these delicious steak bites.

          For dessert, we chose the white chocolate and cranberry bread pudding. The bread pudding itself was dense without being heavy - the true mark of a well made bread pudding. It was served atop a delicate butternut squash and white chocolate sauce and topped with a pumpkin gelato. This dessert was not overly sweet and the combination of pumpkin and bread pudding was perfect for a pumpkin-lover like myself.

          I had a wonderful experience and thank all for the recommendations.

          5 Replies
          1. re: CreativeFoodie42

            Thank you for the great review! I'll be going in Feb for our 25th "valeversary" and I think we'll be ordering pretty much what you had. Except for the dessert, as I only eat chocolate!

            1. re: CookieLee

              I was SO torn between the bread pudding and the Boston cream pie, but our server Javier told me that the pie would always be on the menu because it was a classic but the bread pudding was not. I guess this just means that I'll have to go back for the Boston cream pie!

              I hope you have as wonderful as an experience as I did!

            2. re: CreativeFoodie42

              I love reading follow ups like this. Sounds like you had a fantastic night, thanks for sharing.

              1. re: CreativeFoodie42

                Sounds like you had a fantastic time! My bf and I are considering going to the oak room for dinner soon, any chance you could give me a ballpark range on the chateaubriand so that we don't have sticker shock?

                1. re: BlueTrain84

                  The chateaubriand with the two sides came to about $90 if I remember? I thought it was a great deal.