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May 3, 2012 06:40 AM

Dinner at Troquet

Just wanted to post a recent experience we had at Troquet for the records - haven't seen a full report in a while.

I am not particularly knowledgeable about wine - I like to drink it, but I know practically nothing about it. What was great is that each glass is tagged so you can learn as you go. Or just play along.

Our server was incredible: at once knowledgeable, professional, yet not overly-stuffy.

New Zealand Langoustines with green papaya, champagne mango, & tamarind glaze with Wolf Pinot Gris - Normally the pairing would be with a dry Reisling, but I asked for something even less sweet if they could manage it. The pinot gris played well with this sweet & spicy dish. It had more kick than I expected and the langoustines were fried - both good surprises.

Braised Spanish Octopus with chorizo, fork-crushed potatoes, & espilette pepper broth with Ceretto Arneis - it's impressive how the octopus is tender, yet not falling apart at the seams the way it can when you braise it. This, along with the octopus at Trade and Prezza, are my top three favorite octopus dishes in Boston right now.

Fonduta Tortelini with 12-hour short rib, aromatic vegetables, & parmesan broth with Volver Tempranillo - it's possible the pasta was slightly tough, but the cheesy factor made up for it.

Roasted Jurgielewicz Duck, puy lentils, ginger bok choy, crispy aromatic vegetables, & Peking jus with Gainey Pinot Noir - a lovely little duo of duck, a leg over the bok choy and a breast over the lentils (I think).

Cheese course with Ascheri Barbera d'Alba - ah, the cheese cart. I am a sucker for a cheese cart.

Our table overlooked the Common, so we even had the opportunity for a view. All in all, Troquet is still one of my favorites in Boston.

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  1. Thanks for a great report. It sounds delicious. Is this their wine pairing prix fixe (cost?) or do they customize based on specials?

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    1. re: gourmaniac

      We ordered 4 ounce pours with each of our dishes, so we controlled what we wanted to spend.

      1. re: gini

        it is worth splurging a bit on the wine; the deals are the best in boston. and it is tough to find old , mature wine.

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      1. I'm glad you posted. We haven't been in years, but we're going in a few weeks. Looking forward to it! Our last meal there was spectacular, but we don't get out downtown by ourselves very often anymore.

        1. Gini, I'm always blown away at and wine, Nice to read your detailed review.

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          1. Thanks for the terrific report. Need to get back there soon. Wine is the way!