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Sep 29, 2011 04:56 PM

Bouillabaisse in Boston

My wife loves bouillabaisse almost above all other foods. We're coming up on our 50th wedding anniversary and I'd like her to have a dinner that will delight her as much as the occasion. So I'd be very grateful for recommendations for bouillabaisse to die for.

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  1. what a lovely gift for her. you might check the online menus for some of our better french places:

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    1. re: opinionatedchef

      Brasserie Jo unfortunately removed this from the menu a little while ago. They may bring it back, but it's not here for now.

      Brasserie Jo
      120 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02116

    2. Last version I had in Boston that I thought hit the sweet spot was at Bistro du Midi. La Voile's take is also worthy. Hamersley's does a very nice rendition that doesn't try to recreate the Med flavor of the Marseilles original, but uses local seafood to good effect.

      I'm more a fan of the Ni├žoise soupe de poissons, which I think Jody Adams does better at Rialto than just about anyone else in town, but they're not ridiculously far apart. The stock is all, usually made from fish frames and bug shells.

      La Voile
      261 Newbury Street, Boston, MA 02116

      Bistro du Midi
      272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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      1. re: MC Slim JB

        Thanks for the suggestions, especially the detailed discussion by MC Slim JB.

        1. re: liptauer

          Thanks too MC Slim for the detailed accounts of the different available styles around Boston. I've had La Voile's take on it and also found it worthy. Its a tough dish to get right, particularly outside of Southern France. I also agree 100% on the soupe de poissons and will have to give Rialto's version a shot.

          1. re: Highland Park

            i also like the Rialto version of fisherman's soup though it does not remind me of bouiiaibasse. I like ciappino, the SF variant, too, though cannot remember having it on the East Coast. .

            I seem to be one of the few on this board who really likes Rialto so you can take that with several grains of salt. .

            1. re: cambridgedoctpr

              love Rialto's fish soup and like Hamersley's version of bouilliabaisse. Do not like Bistro du Midi's in spite of its insistence on its "correctness." It's dull.

              Bistro du Midi
              272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116