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Where is the best Soufflé in Boston?

lipoff Oct 31, 2010 01:29 AM

Someone asked me a question at dinner last night that totally stumped me --- where to get the best soufflé in Boston?

I don't believe I've had one in Boston since the demise of Aujourd'hui.

A quick perusal of this board suggests Oleana, Morton's and Bistro du Midi as possibilities.

Any thoughts?

134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

200 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    missbidon RE: lipoff Oct 31, 2010 04:25 AM

    Le patissier at Troquet.

    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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    1. re: missbidon
      MichaelB RE: missbidon Oct 31, 2010 09:03 AM

      A few months ago I had a wild blueberry souffle at Troquet that I'm still thinking about. Pure, delicate flavor, light texture, beautiful crust. At table the server broke the center of the crust and spooned in some blueberry coulis whose intensity was a perfect counterpoint to the lightness of the souffle; it was also served with a scoop of cinnamon ice cream which was good but superfluous. It was head-down, stop-talking, food-reverie fantastic. I don't know if it's the best because I haven't had many others around town, but this was basically perfect.

      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: MichaelB
        RichardA RE: MichaelB Nov 1, 2010 06:41 AM

        I too loved the souffles at Le Patissier but sadly, pastry chef Sarah is no longer at Troquet (as of this past weekend). She moved out of state, so there is a new pastry chef there.

        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Le Patissier
        140 Boylston St, Boston, MA

      2. re: missbidon
        Wannabfoode RE: missbidon Nov 5, 2010 09:04 AM

        I have to disagree with this one, I recently had the apple crumble souffle and Troquet and was wildly disappointed. It had a very strong scrambled-egginess about it, (mostly in taste, but a little bit in texture too) that after a few bites became quite unpleasant.

        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: Wannabfoode
          lipoff RE: Wannabfoode Nov 10, 2010 08:59 PM

          We just went to Troquet, on the strength of these recommendations and had the apple crumble soufflé. It was good, but not great. I can't tell whether this is because apples and caramel are not my favorite flavors, or due to more fundamental qualities. It was much, much eggy-er than I expected from a soufflé in both taste and texture (i.e. more airy). I think we'll try some other suggestions, and maybe try Troquet again sometime when the flavor changes.

          Incidentally, I was under the impression that a soufflé requires about 30+ minutes to bake. The waitress said that we didn't need to order the soufflé in advance, as they can make it in ten minutes. Does this anything to do with the pronounced "scrambled-egginess" that Wannabfoode described and with which I concur?

          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

          1. re: lipoff
            FoodDabbler RE: lipoff Nov 10, 2010 09:39 PM

            Ten minutes is close to unbelievable. Did you time them? If they have a yolk-based custard base precooked and ready, egg whites waiting to be beaten, and a very hot oven, I suppose that ten minutes is conceivable for a small size such as your picture suggests. If the temperature is too high, and the egg-yolky mixture already cooked, it might explain the scrambled egg texture you and W mention.

            1. re: FoodDabbler
              lipoff RE: FoodDabbler Nov 10, 2010 11:12 PM

              I didn't time them at all (but I should have), ten minutes was simply the figure the waitress quoted me when we mentioned that we'd be having the soufflé as we ordered our entrées. Indeed, the time from when we ordered the soufflé to when it arrived couldn't have been much more than ten minutes.

              I should also mention that I thought the little dollop of ice cream to the side was really excellent --- a very nice bourbon and fall-spice taste, with a deliciously smooth texture, although my DC did not care of the flavor.

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        FoodDabbler RE: lipoff Oct 31, 2010 08:12 AM

        I ate at Oleana a month ago and soufflé wasn't on the dessert menu. They change things around from time to time though, as you know, so it may be back on at some point.

        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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          redelephant RE: lipoff Oct 31, 2010 08:41 AM

          The vanilla souffle at Olive's is pretty fantastic, although very sweet. The downside: Everything else at Olive's. Oh, and I think Olive's burned down or something.

          1. FastTalkingHighTrousers RE: lipoff Oct 31, 2010 09:23 AM

            I can vouch for the chocolate soufflé at Bistro du Midi. It is the best I've ever had!

            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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            1. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers
              Matt H RE: FastTalkingHighTrousers Oct 31, 2010 05:33 PM

              Another vote for Bistro du Midi. Equal of my favorite in the US which is at Eleven Madison Park. Excellent.

              1. re: Matt H
                FoodDabbler RE: Matt H Oct 31, 2010 06:28 PM

                It's not clear if the new Eleven Madison has it on the menu any more, or if they do whether you'd know beforehand. See http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot... and several threads on the Manhattan boards.

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                  Matt H RE: FoodDabbler Nov 11, 2010 02:38 AM

                  I haven't had a chance to try the new menu, if the Soufflé is gone that would really be a shame. If that is the case though, I guess I will be making a few more trips to BDM.

            2. Mike5966 RE: lipoff Oct 31, 2010 01:58 PM

              I haven't tried the other places on this thread, but I've always enjoyed the soufflé at Petit Robert Bistro (both the Kenmore and South End locations).

              1. MC Slim JB RE: lipoff Oct 31, 2010 03:24 PM

                Another vote for the PRB souffle.

                Olives Charlestown is currently on hiatus. The dining room looked really ragged the last time I was in, and I thought the food was mostly terrible. I wonder if that one is coming back.


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                  kweesee RE: MC Slim JB Nov 10, 2010 11:15 PM

                  another vote for PRB. lemon souffle. yum

                2. CocoDan RE: lipoff Nov 1, 2010 11:32 AM

                  We've always enjoyed the chocolate souffle at Grill 23 & Bar.

                  Grill 23 & Bar
                  161 Berkeley Street, Boston, MA 02116

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                    bkling RE: lipoff Nov 5, 2010 09:14 AM

                    I once had a vanilla souffle at Olive -- the best souffle of any kind I've ever had.

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