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Aug 16, 2010 10:42 PM

"must-have korean business visitors - lunch in mission hill

my office needs to host lunch in the mission hill are for some korean visitors (potential VERY important clients) who have expressed an interest in any 'must have' food experiences while they're here. this is corporate, and will be 8-10 people (4-5 them, 4-5 us). I'm in los angeles so i have no clue.

we will have transportation so beyond mission hill is only a problem if it's an inconvenient drive. extra points for a 'trophy bag' that has cache

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  1. Not sure what a trophy bag is.
    There is not going anything in the Mission Hill area for corporate and lunch and must-haves.
    I might suggest you check out Towne - new place - has gotten good reviews - is open for lunch, etc. -
    BTW, check the pics on the website to see if that's what you're looking for.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina

      there are lots of great possibilities if you want to go to Boston's South End or North or Cambridge or Brookline.

      Given all the possibilites, it is hard to know where to start.

    2. For corporate and Important, I would say L'Espalier would be the sure bet. Lunch will impress and they will see that the meal goes off without a hitch.


      774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

      1. I'm not sure about the trophy bag either, but perphas you mean a goody bag of some sort? It would be nice to present your guests with a box of chocolates from LA Burdick at the end of the meal. They have a store in Cambridge so it's local. The chocoaltes are wonderful and the presentation is lovely. Not sure how much time you have before your meeting, but they might be able to personalize something for you.

        Cambridge, MA, Cambridge, MA

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        1. re: gimlis1mum

          Nothing worthwhile in Mission Hill area. Towne would be ideal, but I don't think they're open for lunch yet. I would second the L'Espalier recommendation if its an extremely important lunch. Make sure they order dessert. Pastry chef is Korean and his desserts are awesome.

          If you're looking for a Gift bag, try Hotel Chocolat on Newbury. The presentation and boxes look really good.

          Call beforehand and mention how important the lunch will be. I'm sure they'll take care of you. You can drop off the gift bags before hand and have them brought out at the end of your meal.

          1. re: mgcmonkey

            We should get some intel on the lunch at Towne, because their website suggests they are open for lunch. Boo on them if that's not accurate.

        2. If the OP means a table that's somewhat hard to score, and would be impressive (as opposed to a place he can bring his trophies in a bag?) then I would suggest Scampo for lunch. Would be impressive for the businessmen and most of all delicious.

          215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114

          1. My (Korean) brother entertains important Korean clients all the time in NYC and he always takes them to high-end-ish type places. I don't see anything in or around Mission Hill that would work. A stretch might be the Cafe at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, which would be beautiful and serene and fine for talking. Definitely an experience unique to Boston.

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            1. re: digga

              My thought exactly. The gardner cafe is def. not high-end, but does do lunch (exclusively I think). Food is good, service quick and friendly. The plus = galleries either before the meal or after will blow the group's collective mind.

              1. re: digga

                I've conducted a business meeting at the Gardner cafe. It's a great environment, and if combined with a quick tour of the museum, is certainly unique. However, the food itself is v. passable, and if I were to entertain VIP clients, as hinted by the OP, it would NOT be the place I would take them.

                L'Espalier is an option -- in the new venue, it is somewhat generic, but the food is pretty good (not unique) and the service is good. One thought that came to mind is to have lunch in the wine cellar at Mooo. I've not dined in the cellar (although I've eaten at XV Beacon, and the food and service are v. good), but my boss has, and he said it was a v. fun experience.


                774 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02199

                15 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108