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Mar 11, 2011 10:03 AM

Miel: Restaurant Week 2011

Twice each year, I read the list of participating restos and their menus but have never actually participated. Until now.

A $33.11 three-course dinner at otherwise pricey Miel, a “Brasserie Provençal” within Boston’s Intercontinental Hotel.
From the menu (complete with its quirky spelling and punctuation):
-Pistou Soup with Traditional Provençal Vegetables and Basil Soup
-Pan Seared Salmon with Crisp Camargue Rice Cake and Lobster Nage with Tarragon
-Pear Tarte tatin Salted caramel ice cream (pictured)

The food was fine (though some menu choices had -- surprise! -- “For an Additional $8” surcharges), the room a little fancified, the hostess ill-suited for a hospitality position, the server un peu insincere (because we were discounted diners?) Fortunately the enjoyable company made up for any shortfalls. The Algerian bus boy, the most genuine person we encountered, should be promoted.

Was it worth what we paid? Yes.
Would we go back? Probably not.

I’ve since heard that during Restaurant Week, you get what you pay for.
Sounds about right

Miel "Brasserie Provencal"
510 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110

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  1. I work right across the Channel from this place and have been there several times; I can tell you that your service experience is about par for the (3) course(s) and that Restaurant Week had nothing to do with it. That's why I tend to avoid it unless we are taking clients for a fancy lunch within close walking distance.