After a long-awaited weekend trek to Boston to sit on the Green Monster at Fenway Park (I bought tickets in January), we were disappointed and dejected to see the Sox completely blow two games. Fortunately, I had made a reservation (thanks to a rec here on CH) for brunch on Sunday morning at Mistral. A lovely meal, in a lovely room that brightened our spirits for the trip home.
The service was warm, welcoming and efficient. Not a cue missed for water, drinks, or food.
As we perused the menu, we were promptly served individual warm cinnamon coffeecakes with butter and pineapple preserves. Off to a great start.
We enjoyed a mix of breakfast and lunch foods, and shared an order of Cherry Beignets. Cute little crunchy/creamy doughnut hole-sized bites with rich cherry jelly on the side. They were a fun nibble with Mistral's strong coffee, a refreshing White Peach Bellini, and a solid Mimosa, which at $16 was a bit pricey in my opinion, but it was made with Veuve Clicquot and tasted good. A table next to us ordered Bloody Marys and they were massive.
A friend who had imbibed too much the night before kept her meal simple and ordered the Greek-style yogurt Panna Cotta, Pistachio Granola, Native Honey & Fig Glace´. "Wow," she said. "Greek yogurt is usually just Greek yogurt, but this is fantastic."
My daughter couldn't decide what to get because she loved the description of so many of the entrees. She finally opted for the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes and a side of Applewood Bacon. Yum and yummier.
My husband had Eggs Benedict with lightly poached eggs that oozed brilliantly beneath an ultra smooth Hollandaise sauce. Perfection.
Because we shared our plates, I went for something more lunchy and ordered a Bacon, Gruyere and Onion Pizza. It was a nice crispy nibble, better I think as an appetizer than an entree.
Although we arrived at Mistral a bit saddened, we left cheerful and happy thanks to a great meal and great overall experience!
One note about Mistral's dress code. On its website, it says the dress code is: "Upscale dress, no ripped jeans, sneakers or hats on men." So I had advised my dining companions ahead of time to dress nicely. They gave me a bit of a hard time because we were on a baseball trip and they didn't want to bring nice clothes. But nonetheless they complied. Needless to say, they delighted in ripping me a new one by pointing out the number of men in Mistral's dining room who were wearing jeans and tee shirts, hardly upscale dress, though I don't know if any of the jeans were "ripped." At the table next to us, my husband pointed out six men wearing sneakers. So something to keep in mind if you want to go to Mistral but didn't bring dressy casual duds. Just go!
1. Mistral's bright dining room (The customer next to the waiter is wearing jeans, tee shirt, and sneakers.)
2. Complimentary coffeecake
4. Bloody Marys
5. Cherry Beignets
6. Greek Yogurt
7. Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
8. Applewood Bacon
9. Eggs Benedict
10. Bacon, Gruyere, Onion Pizza
this is my favorite place for an upscale brunch. They do a great job and I've never brought a guest who wasn't happy. Pricey, but worth it for that special occasion. When I want it raucous and downscale, it's still East Coast Grill though I haven't been seen the ownership changed hands.
Although certainly pricier than a greasy spoon breakfast, Mistral is not that much more expensive than your typical South End brunch spot. Add the fact that they take (and honor) reservations -- and thus no 45 minute waits in line -- I think Mistral deserves to be more than just a special occasion brunch spot.
blumie, i've wanted to brunch at mistrale for the longest time; it just seems like a lovely place for a refined comfortable quiet sunday brunch. BUT i ,personally. feel ripped off when french toast is $12 much less $15. I look at trish's photo of a plate of simple pristine Eggs Benedict , w/ no starch or salad or fruit compote on the side,for $15 and i say to myself, by the time i order an accompaniment or 2nd dish, i might as well be buying dinner.
Down the street at Aquitaine, also a lovely light filled space with white linens, that also takes reservations, the Eggs Ben., with homefries, is $10. So... we never get to Mistral. We do go frequently to the East Coast Grill, but, except that ECG has very plentiful and low priced food, the 2 spots just should not be compared, so different is their atmosphere. But some day, when I really deserve a reward, I'll look forward to the treat that Mistral seems to be!
some Mistral entrees:
CLASSIC EGGS BENEDICT, SMOKED PORK LOIN, HOLLANDAISE* 15
GRAHAM CRACKER CRUSTED CHALLAH FRENCH TOAST, PEACHES, GINGER SYRUP & MASCARPONE CHANTILLY 15
BELGIAN WAFFLE, FRESH BERRIES, CHANTILLY CREAM, SUGAR POWDER 15
LEMON POPPYSEED PANCAKES WITH BLUEBERRIES & WHIPPED RICOTTA 14