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Died And Went to Chowhound Heaven...Craigie on Main Tasting

mbasnack Apr 5, 2010 01:13 PM

Went to CoM on Saturday night and had the 6 course tasting menu (with two amuse bouche(s?). The first tasting menu I've done (training for Bouchon in Vegas in two weeks) and it - without a doubt- was the most fantastic dining experience I've ever had. The service from entry to departure was spot on. Our server (Emily) was the perfect combo of helpful/attentive and keeping her distance so we could have uninteruppted conversation. Around course 5 Chef Tony Maws came over to personally present the dish and thank us for coming. I took pictures and they don't do the dishes justice. Dishes included squid noodles, pork belly, sweetbreads, veal tenderloin, mackerel pate...and on and on...

If I could somehow afford the $300 price tag (with cocktails,coffee and tip) I would fast all week for it...Love, love, loved it.

Any other tasting menus in town that rival this?

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    kimfair1 RE: mbasnack Apr 5, 2010 01:34 PM

    While I've not had a tasting menu in Boston that rivals Craigie on Main's, I would recommend a jaunt up to Portland ME to get the tasting at Hugo's. I like ut a smidge better than CoM, and it's cheaper, as well.

    Craigie on Main
    853 Main Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

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    1. re: kimfair1
      BostonZest RE: kimfair1 Apr 5, 2010 06:03 PM

      Love both places. Both worth second, third, visits and so on.


    2. barleywino RE: mbasnack Apr 5, 2010 01:52 PM

      Clio...O-Ya...have not tried L'Espalier's since the move...PS do you mean Robuchon? I thought Bouchon was more bistro

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        ecwashere7 RE: barleywino Apr 5, 2010 08:55 PM

        Was thinking the same thing. Bouchon is amazing bistro food, but not in the same category as Craigie. Craigie is innovative while Bouchon spins on the classics.

        Robuchon is not worth the money IMO. L'Atelier was inconsistent food with even more inconsistent service. Joel Robuchon was so break the bank expensive for something less than I was expecting. Maybe I'm just not in tune with Robuchon's style of food. I'll take Tony Maws (and Thomas Keller) any day of the week and twice on Sunday (his brunch is killer).

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          barleywino RE: ecwashere7 Apr 6, 2010 03:48 AM

          I went to Robuchon at the Mansion (next door to Robuchon L'Atelier), it blew away just about any tasting I've ever had (although it was slightly annoying that they refused to serve tap water!). One could guess by looking at the menu at L'Atelier that it would not be very interesting. I also thought Robuchon in Tokyo was not worth the money.

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          Chris VR RE: barleywino Apr 6, 2010 06:34 AM

          I've had heavenly tasting menus at L'Espalier pre-move but the one meal I had post-move left me quite underwhelmed. Just a lack of creativity in courses and preparations, and nothing near as great as the tasting menus I'd had at Craigie pre-move (haven't been back there post-move), plus the server we had was competent but lacked warmth. I've always had great servers at L'Espalier who seem to be able to read the mood of the table and deliver service at the level of formality that is appropriate, but that wasn't the case this time.

          774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

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