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Any good Restaurant Week reports?

4 of us had a great dinner at Mistral last night. 3 apps on the menu, but they added an amazing smoke salmon salad type option (they also offered a truffle oil infused risotto with shaved black truffle, but when she came back to take the order it was already sold out) to the three on the menu. The cold corn soup was very good, the Caesar salad above average.

3 entrees, 2 of us had the steak. Very good sized (10 oz?), cooked perfectly. 1 had the chicken, 1 had the salmon, everyone enjoyed their meals immensely. Desserts were a tart or a dark chocolate mousse, there was nothing left behind. Service was very attentive (no empty glasses) without being intrusive.

I know it's fun to put down restaurant week, but there's no way I'm going to Mistral and paying menu prices for their cooking. Maybe these items weren't on their regular menu (although the added apps were restaurant-wide), but it's still a chance for me to try out a restaurant I otherwise wouldn't be able to go to.

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  1. We had a very nice RW meal at Beacon Hill Bistro. 5 app choices, 4 entrees, 3 desserts. Wife had a cold spring pea soup with pesto, and a pimento cheese thing, can't remember the name (and I might have the ingredients wrong), but it was good. She had the vegtarian entree, with peeled warm tomato filled with lentils over a bed of other vegetables. Her dessert was a mille fuile (sp?).

    I had the excellent pork rillette, with a really nice molassas based brown bread (only two slices, though, I could have eaten 10!). Entree was Tea smoked duck confit chopped with pickled ramps, bacon, over a house made tagliatelle, with house made ricotta on top. Very hearty and delicious. I had the cheese dessert which was a nice Vermont farm cheese, not too pungent, with a small puff pastry with roasted tomatoes. Red or white wince choices for the app and entree course (you pick), and sauternes or port for dessert, was $22 per person. It was a very nice meal, and I would recommend it. Almost no one in our section was doing the RW menu, but it seemed most were from Europe or out of town.

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    Beacon Hill Bistro
    25 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

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    1. re: kimfair1

      Don't understand why they would be serving spring pea soup in August - that's a headscratcher - at least it was good!

      1. re: kimfair1

        We also did BHB, last night, and had a very good meal. I got identical courses to kimfair1, and they were all very good. The molasses bread (used sparingly) was a good match for the pork. I thought the duck confit with tagliatelle was delicious, although my wife thought the bacon was overpowering and some of her pasta was undercooked. I thought the smokiness of the duck and bacon were really well matched.

        Also tried the mussel and clam appetizer, which was delicious, and the bluefish, which tasted like bluefish should taste.

        The soup on the RW menu is "Chilled Soupe de Courgette", or zucchini, not spring peas. That was quite good. Chilled pea soup is on the regular menu, not sure which one kimfair1 got.

        1. re: erwocky

          We got the RW soup. Didn't really know what Courgette was at the time, and forgot completely by the time I posted.

      2. Just got back from a scrumptious lunch at Locke Ober about an hour ago. The appetizer of risi e bisi and ribs was yummy - and so was the entree of deep fried ribs. Service was excellent and dessert even better. A total giveaway for the fixed-price menu! Key lime mousse was exceptional and so was the Bitter chocolate cake with peach ice cream. Highly recommended.

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        1. re: cornFusion

          Heading there tomorrow for lunch! Thanks for the report.

          1. re: cornFusion

            We were there for dinner last night and had a disappointing experience. The menu looked good with many choices, but the execution left much to be desired. We had the same dessets as cornFusion and found the key lime mousse too warm. The bitter chocolate cake with peach ice cream was probably the best dish of the evening. We also had the experience of being rushed through the meal which was amusing as the tables were not all filled.

            My DH had the liver and onions and I had the tuna nicoise, both ok but not great. Our first courses were tomato and mozzarella salad and ceasar salad with deviled egg. The tomato and mozzarella salad was much tastier than the ceasar salad that was the wrong temperature.

            We probably had not been to Locke Ober for 20 years and we were curious to see how Lydia Shire was running it. We found the decor tired. The bathrooms and rugs need renovation.

            Unlike other Chowhounds, we have had very good RW experiences at Mistral, Lineage, B&G, La Morra, Lumiere, and The CapitalGrill.

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            La Morra
            48 Boylston Street, Brookline, MA 02445

            Lumiere Restaurant
            1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

          2. We just got back from a fabulous lunch at Umbria Prime.

            6 appetizers to select from. Creative and fresh and sizeable. Homemade Prociutto with fig jam, watercress salad and a cold crab cocktail were ordered and all were delish.

            6 entrees (maybe 7) to select from, including a filet. Homemade pasta, the filet (large portion) and salmon were ordered. All were very, very good.

            Desserts were tiramisu and cannoli. I'd call them good, but not as good as the main dishes.

            Large portions, well cooked and delicious. A good 20 buck spent.

            We are going to Locke-Ober next week, so it's nice to hear a good report from them, too.

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            Locke-Ober
            3 Winter Place, Boston, MA 02108

            1. Went to Mamma Maria on Sunday for RW dinner. Overall it was a very nice dinner. They had the regular menu with designated choices that were available as restaurant week items. Of the 12 or 14 apps, I think 6 or 7 were available for RW and same for entrees, so selection was decent. It did not seem like many diners were there for RW.

              The food was well prepared and delicious. The RW items were definitely the less expensive menu items, but that's fine by me - I'd rather have a less expensive item that is prepared up to the restaurant's usual standards than eat a poorly cooked steak and be treated like a leper. This was my first Mamma Maria experience, and it seemed like it was representative of the restaurant, and I will definitely return to pay full price. I tend to treat RW dinners as test-drives for more expensive restaurants, rather than "this is the only chance I'm going to get to eat at_____," and MM passed my test drive :-)

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              Mamma Maria Restaurant
              3 North Sq, Boston, MA 02113

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              1. re: STL BOS

                MM is definitely worth hitting even w/o RW...they cook well :-)

              2. Lumiere- it was wonderful. Too full to write more right now...

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                Lumiere Restaurant
                1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

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                1. re: AnnieP

                  I've always found Lumiere's RW offerings to be really great.

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                  Lumiere Restaurant
                  1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

                  1. re: AnnieP

                    I'm often disappointed by RW, but my experience at Lumiere last year (spring?) was excellent, too.

                    http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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                    Lumiere Restaurant
                    1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465

                    1. re: AnnieP

                      Had the RW menu at Lumiere last night. Best deal ever. Food was phenomenal as were the wine pairings. We left stuffed and very happy. Stand outs: Verrill Farms Corn Soup, 'Ritz' cracker Pollack, Sofia's Yogurt... Oh, and I'm addicted to the salsa verde that is served on the bluefish.

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                      Verrill Farm
                      11 Wheeler Rd, Concord, MA, MA 01742

                      Lumiere Restaurant
                      1293 Washington St., West Newton, MA 02465