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rcmbta May 26, 2010 12:46 PM

anything that i should be eating there?

Is it worth what seems like a high price?

140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. StriperGuy RE: rcmbta May 26, 2010 12:50 PM

    Food is great. One of the best wine lists in town, particularly good prices on hard to find rare wines.

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      ginafly RE: rcmbta May 26, 2010 02:02 PM

      Food really is great. One of my most discerning (read as: a total pain to dine out with) friends is a regular there. It is overpriced somewhat, but I think that the wine is priced slightly lower than some places and this makes the total bill shake out to what you'd pay at other places of similar quality.

      Menu standouts for me are the suckling pig and the lobster appetizer, but I haven't been in ages.

      1. BobB RE: rcmbta May 26, 2010 02:10 PM

        It's pricey but worth it. Last time I was there the standout dish was something prepared with their house-made lamb bacon - I don't even remember the other ingredients, the lamb bacon was so good it just drove everything else out of my consciousness. SERIOUSLY delicious!

        1. MC Slim JB RE: rcmbta May 26, 2010 02:21 PM

          I like it a lot; definitely a great place for wine lovers: a menu that makes good wine pairings very simple, dozens of wines available by the 2- and 4-ounce pour, some easy-to-order, thoughtful flights, some real bargains at the high end of the bottle list.

          It is a bit pricey, perhaps taking advantage of a Theatre District premium. Speaking of which, a good idea to time your visits to avoid that crowd, especially the pre-theater one. Very good service, nicely dim romantic candlelight and mirrors. Worth asking if you can get seated by one of the windows overlooking the Common.

          A dish I had last time and enjoyed a lot was Hebert's signature roast suckling pig trio, a fairly abstracted approach (no apple in snout here). Portions might look small, but a lot of dishes are really rich, so that's deceptive.


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            meg1641 RE: rcmbta May 26, 2010 02:39 PM

            Troquet is seriously our favorite restaurant in town. It is pricey but the wine list is amazing and the food is wonderful. We love the foie gras appetizer, the short rib canolloni, suckling pig, chicken and halibut for entrees and the sticky toffee pudding for dessert is to die for. My only complaint is that it is so expensive that we can only afford to go periodically.


            140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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              Tir_na_nOg RE: meg1641 May 26, 2010 04:48 PM

              Overall the food is excellent, although I wouldn't place it the very top echelon in Boston. However, last time I was there (last year), the one dish I still distinctly remember was the New Zealand langousines wrapped in brik dough with daikon sprouts on mango salsa. A lot of people go ga-ga over the sticky toffee pudding, although it doesn't really do anything for me. Can't remember what else we had, although the wines were unforgettable.

              Speaking of which, all the serious wine geeks consider this THE place in Boston. Great list, and Chris is first and foremost a wine lover at heart. In fact, I'm attending a blind 2003 Bordeaux dinner for 16 there next week. Can't wait...

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              winedude RE: rcmbta May 26, 2010 07:42 PM

              I'm going to have to vote no on this. We went last year in December for my wife's birthday, our first time there since the renovation. We sat along the uncomfortable banquette, the chairs and walls were hard, and there's too little room between the tables. The food was good, not great. I don't remember a thing I ate (not a good sign), but I remember thinking it was mediocre, and the service and ambience made it a poor value.

              As everyone noted, an excellent wine list, but there is little of interest below the big-bucks level ($65 and up).

              Having loved it so much before, it was a big disappointment, and I think you could do better.

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                Tir_na_nOg RE: winedude May 26, 2010 10:17 PM

                Disappointing to hear that it might be heading downhill. We'll see what we see next week...

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                  winedude RE: Tir_na_nOg May 27, 2010 06:18 AM

                  Please report back, I'd love to hear my experience was a one-off.

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                  Klunco RE: winedude Nov 8, 2010 07:01 AM

                  I'd agree with this review and with Tir_na_nOg's above. It is definitely not in the top echelon of Boston restaurants despite the fact that you are paying almost the same price as many of those places. This is another Boston restaurant that reminds me of why Boston can't (for the most part) compete with the high end restaurants in SF or NYC.

                  Unquestionably, the wine list and wine program is fantastic. We loved the 2 and 4 ounce pours and being able to try several wines. Bottle list looked great but as winedude said (and was spot on), "an excellent wine list, but there is little of interest below the big-bucks level ($65 and up)." The rolls (served warm) and the butter (looked like Normandy AOC butter) were fantastic and the sticky toffee pudding was good but not incredible.

                  Started with the Beet salad with Boucheron. Beautiful plating but the quality/freshness of the greens was not very high. They were not crisp and there were brown spots on some of them. Also, there were only two small marble-size crumbles of the cheese which was disappointing.

                  The service from the waiters was good (very attentive) but I was disappointed with the service of the restaurant at this price point. I had called ahead because there are no vegetarian entrees, and they said that they make their appetizer pasta into an entree for this. I had asked if there was anyway they could prepare a non-pasta dish no matter what it was and they said they would do their best. When I arrived the waiter informed me that they couldn't prepare anything else so it was basically the pasta or nothing because they only have one other vegetarian thing on the menu besides the beet salad that I ordered (a squash soup). I don't expect a custom dish just for me but I would think a restaurant would want to at least offer two choices. The waiter let me know that if I loved mushrooms (and I do) I would love the pasta dish. However I found the dish bland and one-dimensional. There was only one type of fresh mushroom in the dish (small shitakis) and then a small amount of truffle had been grated over the top, but it was too small to give anymore than a whisper of flavor.

                  People might disagree with me on this, but I think at this price point and with advance notice this was disappointing. I'm not going to compare Troquet to my experiences at Michelin starred restaurants, but even comparing to places within a five minute walk, both No 9 Park and Bistro du Midi have made exceptional meals without meat and there are plenty of cheap-eats that offer meatless options as well in the area. The location and wine are great but in the future I'll stick to Number 9 or BdM.

                  140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                  1. re: Klunco
                    barleywino RE: Klunco Nov 8, 2010 07:20 AM

                    can't comment on the vegetarian-friendly options but in my experience, their lobster salad is outstanding (of the same caliber as Clio's, but different), their duck is perfect in terms of crispiness/ tenderness (better than Salts even), they are one of the few places i've been to around here that does not overcook their fish (cobia, black bass; haven't tried their halibut or snapper, which are not my favorite fish in general), and the veal chop w/ bone marrow (off the menu currently, unfortunately) was outstanding. Their food tends to be less minimalist and more elaborate in terms of accompaniments than 9 Park, although not as over the top as say Scampo.

                    1. re: Klunco
                      StriperGuy RE: Klunco Nov 8, 2010 07:35 AM

                      Not sure if food-wise it is absolute top-tier Boston, but it can be excellent.

                      Perhaps veggie is just not their bag.

                  2. MrsCheese RE: rcmbta May 27, 2010 07:44 PM

                    We had a fabulous tasting menu there. We loved every course (though it's been a while, so I don't have a vivid memory of the specifics).

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                      cambridgedoctpr RE: MrsCheese Jun 12, 2010 01:10 PM

                      i have had a few great dishes at Troquet, but were it not for the wine list, i would not go back. And yes, be prepared to spend 50 dollars or more, but the value is great.

                      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                        rcmbta RE: cambridgedoctpr Jun 15, 2010 10:47 AM

                        I had an outstanding meal. Service was also excellent. suckling pig was delicious as was the frisee salad. Did the wine tasting menu which helped with price. Desserts were also very good. All in all i didn't feel that the price was out of the realm for the food and service. a little pricey but acceptable.

                    2. C. Hamster RE: rcmbta Jun 15, 2010 11:03 AM

                      Havent been there in a year or so, but it is very good. An excellent special occassion choice.

                      I did have a beef with a snotty waiter than insisted on choosing the selections on our cheese plate. Which of course I didn't let him get away with.

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                        CocoDan RE: C. Hamster Jun 15, 2010 11:05 AM

                        GO Hamster!!!

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                          Brock Lee Robb RE: C. Hamster Nov 8, 2010 07:49 AM

                          hmmm.. "Beef with a Snotty Waiter" I've never had this dish. Where else in Boston is this available?? ;-) (OK, that was stupid, but I couldn't resist. and I guess the answers could be a whole thread!)

                        2. MC Slim JB RE: rcmbta Nov 8, 2010 07:39 AM

                          Troquet just got an adoring re-review from Kummer at BoMag. I had some nice things to say about it in Stuff Magazine back in March. Still feel like the wine is a bigger draw than the food.


                          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                            cambridgedoctpr RE: MC Slim JB Nov 8, 2010 11:24 AM

                            agree that the wine list is better than the food - which is also very good and have had some great oysters there once - but what wine list is even close for quality/cost ratio in Boston? And with the suspension of Veritas in NYC - where on the entire east coast?

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                              aadesmd RE: MC Slim JB Nov 9, 2010 05:07 AM

                              Not only is the wine list superb, but Chris"(owner) knows it cold. Since he is known to trade for great wines, there is something here that appears on few if any high end restaurants in Boston- aged high end wines that will not break the bank.

                              I have alsways found the food terrific, and my wife has already picked it for her 40th birthday, as did I many years ago. I find it to far elipse in both food and wine the likes of Clio, L'Espalier and even Menton. The portions are not dear, and the atmosphere is low key.

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