Menton: Prix Fixe or Tasting?
I will be travelling from Los Angeles to Boston in June and have made a reservation for Menton. Wishing to get feedback from other diners on which menu option they recommend.
Also, I am looking to fit another dinner into my trip as well. O Ya, Oleana, and Journeyman have been on my radar. Last two trips to Boston, I really enjoyed Rialto and Craigie on Main. Thanks.
If cost is a non-issue, I'd highly recommend O Ya, and would also strongly encourage the tasting there- without having been previously, the menu would be very hard to navigate otherwise and it would be difficult to get the most out of what they have to offer.
I love Journeyman's accompanying bar, Backbar, which has a dizzying list by now of drinks of the day (a recent, peasco sour, employed pisco as well as a homemade spring pea cordial) that can be ordered so long as the ingredients remain. But in my visit to Journeyman itself, I found the food engaging but uneven, and subsequent agreement from friends who've gone more recently has kept me from trying again. You might have a great meal there, but I think we have enough places around that i wouldn't recommend it to a visitor as one of their only shots at Boston.
If not o ya, oleana would be a good pick. I'd also recommend, given your preferences, West Bridge, a contemporary, french leaning restaurant- they recently turned much of the menu over for Spring, and there's a number of winning dishes we enjoyed on a recent visit.
I won't tell you what to pick, but I will give you my take on each option.
I've been fortunate enough to have the tasting menus and pre fixe at both Menton and O Ya. All experiences were fantastic so it's really a matter of preference. If you're looking for the full fine dining experience, Menton is your place (go early for a cocktail or head downstairs to Drink before and/or after). O Ya is best seated at the bar watching the chefs produce sushi works of art. The sake pairings are also outstanding. I left Menton after the tasting menu so full I could barely walk and O Ya full but comfortable. In both places I prefer the tasting menu for special nights, but have never regretted the pre fixe.
Oleana, on the other hand, is one of my favorite go to places. When friends or family come to town and want a great meal that won't break the bank. Just be sure to save room for dessert. Seriously, order them all if possible. And try to get a table on the patio, it makes a huge difference.
I'll be able to tell you more about Journeyman after I go next week.
For your second dinner, I would steer you to OYa or Oleana, suggesting that you see online which menu wows you, as they are like comparing Black truffles to Black garlic.
Of all the ones you have mentioned, Journeyman , OYa, and then Rialto have drawn the most Yes/No controversy on CH.
There is a very long OYa thread well worth your pulling up, as there are many interesting experiences described.
IMO, none of the BB recs are in the league of Menton and OYa, though past visiting food sophisticates have Wowed the Chef's Table at l'Espalier,which is located in Copley Place ,a very handsome and historic part of our city..