Fantastic Dinner at Clio
Slightly delayed post, but I had one of the best meals I've had in Boston at Clio a few weekends ago for my anniversary dinner. My boyfriend made surprise dinner reservations and I was psyched to find out that the location was Clio when we crossed mass ave. He claims that he didn't request a special table, but we easily had the best table in the place: table for four, for two, at the back center of the dining room.
We each started with cocktails that were excellent. I had the marinated bigeye and yellowtail tuna for an appetizer, and this was really flavorful with a nice hit of garlic. Exceptionally fresh fish, and the right balance of crisp ginger against the texture of the tuna. My boyfriend had the cassoulet with lobster and sea urchin and declared it excellent. I couldn't try it due to food allergies, but it looked delicious.
In between the apps and entrees, we received an amuse bouche of chicharron on a crispy piece of toast. This was an unexpected pairing and a nicely textured and tasty bite.
For entrees, I had the roasted fluke. This dish was beautiful to look at, with artful streaks of umeboshi and lime across the plate. The fish was cooked to perfection and the portion size was very reasonable for a restaurant of Clio's caliber. Ultimately, it may have been the best piece of fish I've eaten at a restaurant. My boyfriend had the scallops--these had an excellent sear on them and were served with sweet potatoes that mirrored the natural sweetness of sea scallops perfectly. Again, I could not try this dish, but it received rave reviews from my dashing dinner partner.
I should mention that the service was excellent throughout the meal. Our initial cocktails were a bit slow coming out, but everything flowed well after that, and who is in a rush at a special occasion dinner anyways? The server and food runners were attentive without being over bearing.
For dessert, we split the les bois at the suggestion of the server. This dish consisted of a rich yet light chocolate cake/mousse, served with maple sauce and "white birch" ice cream. The plating was beautiful, and it was a really satisfying combination of textures (cake, ice cream, sauces), temperatures (cold ice cream, room temp sauce, warm cake/mousse) and flavors. The les bois was the perfect size to split if you're the type of person who likes to leave a nice multi-course dinner feeling pleasantly full but not overwhelmed.
We received a kefir lime and lavender chocolate with the check, and this was a very well-balanced bite to end our meal at Clio. Dining at Clio completed the Ken Oringer circuit for me, and it was an exceptional meal to have for an anniversary. Unfortunately, I have to wait a whole 340-something days for our next anniversary dinner to roll around again, but when it does, I will be pulling for another Clio reservation.