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Where is the best Soufflé in Boston?

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?

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Oleana
134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

Aujourd'hui
200 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116

Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. Le patissier at Troquet.

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    Troquet
    140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    6 Replies
    1. re: missbidon

      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.

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      Troquet
      140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      1. re: MichaelB

        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.

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        Troquet
        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        Le Patissier
        140 Boylston St, Boston, MA

      2. re: missbidon

        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.

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        Troquet
        140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

        1. re: Wannabfoode

          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?

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          Troquet
          140 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

           
          1. re: lipoff

            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

              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.

      3. 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.

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        Oleana
        134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 02139

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

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            Bistro du Midi
            272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

            3 Replies
            1. re: FastTalkingHighTrousers

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

              1. re: Matt H

                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.

                1. re: FoodDabbler

                  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. 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).