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Jan 4, 2013 10:37 AM

Tasting menu's No. 9 Park, Clio, and L'Espalier?

Thanks for reading. I am wondering where you would go for a tasting menu? I keep coming across No. 9 Park, Clio, and L'Espalier. This would be for an anniversary dinner. We like all kinds of food, just looking for a romantic place, good drinks and nice service. Which would you pick?

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    1. Well, you've got the obvious Boston options in No. 9, Clio, L'Espalier and Menton. Everyone most likley has their favorite. Clio, is probably my favorite of the bunch, though none of them get me particularly excited. Cambridge will bring you to Craigie, Bondir (as Bob mentioned) and West Bridge. I prefer all 3 to any of the Boston options. Also, I don't remember if Salts has a tasting menu, but it is a fabulous spot for an anniversary dinner.

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      1. re: mkfisher

        Sorry, I read too quickly and saw you are looking for a choice among the three you mentioned.

        1. re: Bob Dobalina

          I didn't take it as limited to those 3. I think the OP meant that their research brought up those 3 consistently. I want to try Bondir!

          1. re: CookieLee

            while i liked Bondir and was not particularly impressed with Menton or Clio, I remain a fan of L'Espalier though we will all miss the old space. I have not been to No.9 in several years so can't chime in there, though I certainly liked it in "the old days".

      2. L'Espalier tasting menu is the finest meal I've ever had - I think (gasp) better than French Laundry. If you haven't been, go there first. Menton is also great, but the ambiance is nicer at L'Espalier.

        1. I've had the tasting menu at all 3 and was at Craigie last night. I think L'Espailer wins on 3 of 4 of your requirements (their drinks are well executed, but No.9 has the best bar). The food is the best executed and the service is by far the best in Boston, IMHO. Menton would be the best competitor on anniversary tasting menus but I don't love the ambiance.

          1. I agree with Bondir being a great option, however, I have not been to West Bridge but I hear amazing things! I would check out their menu as well.

            Also, if you like Asian, I would also add O Ya, Oishii, and Uni to the list.

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            1. re: BellaBoston

              West Bridge is fantastic, but probably not right for this event. It's got that Kendall industrial vibe going on - lots of glass and concrete. Just doesn't hit the romantic note.