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what is the single best restaurant you've been to in Boston area?

L'Espalier and Menton and Oh Ya are top tier and I would rank as the best.. I would point out that Owlette didn't give qualifiers, so it makes sense that the question is "best overall".. So no responding with "This is the best restaurant that seats 10-14 people, has turkish cuisine, is open only for lunch, and is reasonably priced" :) And yes, you can have a best overall category.

BTW Clio is spanked by all the top tier very handily.. Christ, Deuxave spanks Clio for crying out loud :)

My favorite is Deaxave

Jun 28, 2013
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Montreal dining for foodies with kids update

Just wanted to give everyone updates to the several threads that have already been on here. We went Memorial day weekend up from Boston with a 9 yr old and a very fussy, argumentative 6 yr old girl. As mentioned, Au Pied de Cochon was a no brainer.. kids loved it, we went on the early side (6p) because that was the only time left. All of the tables around us (4 other tables) had kids of various ages, from about 1.5 years old to 9 yrs old. It's loud anyway. Worked out great, no issues, great food. Kids are spoiled considering the first time I had foie gras I was probably in college.

Anyway, the more interesting update is that we went to Le Chasse et Peche. There were mixed opinions on dress code and the like, but I read at least one post somewhere on google that said they had brought kids there without a problem. So after much agonizing (and inability to get other reservations) we decided to chance it. I'm glad we did. We went on the early side, at open (6pm). The wait staff was great, the kids were entertained by all the statues and objects they had scattered about the dining room. The chef made some homemade pasta for my 6 yr old daughter (which was awesome, with just butter) and my 9 yr old ordered off the menu (overkill, but I considered it part of the price I had to pay if I wanted to go out to eat). Everything was spot on. In addition, the table beside us also brought their ~7 yr old kid without any problems.

I highly recommend people with kids to not be put off by "Not good for kids" labels on Tripadvisor, etc. Just use common sense. If the place is overly formal, then yea, kids are probably not a good idea. But other than that, its probably going to be fine. I can at least attest that Le Chasse was great with the kids.

Jun 07, 2013
drtechno in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Private room in restaurants?

Exactly.. There are private dining rooms everywhere in town. From Legal Seafoods to steak houses, to "real" restaurants like Radius. Many of these are tucked in out of the way hallways, and many are more on the main hallway. In any case, there are literally tons of these spaces. We just had one of these dinners at Mortons.

Jan 30, 2013
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Deuxave

All while sitting in the middle of the dining room and talking in a 'slightly too loud' voice about a multi-million dollar sale you are making.. ROFL (This actually happened while I was in the checkout line at WholeFoods. On a Sunday. Are you crapping me? You couldn't wait to get outside to talk??WTF)

Oct 26, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Deuxave

Joe's bar and grill is close by I think, if you are having trouble spelling DeuxAve.
Or BurgerKing is also quite easy for 90% of the population.

I kid ! I kid ! Heh.. but I did misspell it the first time I heard they were open.

Oct 24, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Deuxave

Brief reply = one of my favorite places in Boston (favorite being a list of about ~5). And probably my favorite place to eat on a winter evening, with the snow falling slowly, and the evening traffic going by outside those large windows.

Oct 23, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Long review: Aburiya Raku (I wish you were in NYC...)

Well you certainly didn't take those with a point n shoot :) I just never have the courage to get up out of my seat to get awesome shots.. You didn't need a tripod for those given the low lighting in Raku ? I assume the lens was the 24-70L 2.8 USM?

Ya, I grew up with the chicken liver/hearts, etc. Just the tendon I couldn't stomach :)

Jul 27, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Gluten free Vegas

My wife avoided gluten during breakfast and lunch without a problem. Everyone had decent menus.

La Cave at wynn was a great standby lunch
Tableau had really really good gluten free toast (so my wife claims). Bouchon's gluten free offerring wasn't as good.

Gluten free wasn't a problem at Sage. e she went whole hog gluten. Same with Robuchon. Raku is mostly gluten free by its very nature.

Jul 26, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Long review: Aburiya Raku (I wish you were in NYC...)

Side question- what lens were you using and were you really running around the restaurant with an SLR ? :)

And I'm not squeamish by any means (I had the Beef Liver Sashimi) but I cannot fathom how anyone could consider the Beef Tendon as tasty. But I guess that's why people have different tastes. Basically, it was just glop in my mouth :)

Jul 26, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Brief trip report: Sage, e, Raku, Robuchon + lunches and breakfast places

First off, let me thank everyone who helped me put together the dining list for my trip. I really appreciate everyone's help. We stayed at Encore so based out of there, these are what we found convenient and good: Lemme start with dinner because I have to get something off my chest:

e by Jose Andrea - I cannot believe I am about to type this: I was disappointed. The problem: me and my wife immediately agreed, is that we had been to (and worship) Grant Achatz and Alinea in Chicago. Both of us had this same immediate reaction when we walked out. Unfortunately, anyone trying to do molecular gast. is going to be held to that standard, whether consciously or not. I can't believe Alinea turned me into a snob. As a foodie in Vegas, you must do 'e'. And I did enjoy myself. But unfortunately I went in with very high hopes. So it was worth the money, it's worth seeing how they plate the food, and talking to everyone.. but I am still unsure if I will return. I am guessing I probably will, but it certainly did not end up in my 'must do' category.

Raku- awesome, fun place. I thought it would be packed, but it wasn't. Great menu, I love ordering in 'waves', amazing Sake menu, helpful waitresses. We had a great meal, with some dishes being ordered for their novelty (many of which I will not be revisiting - Calf liver sashimi, beef tendon, to name two). Will I be back? Yes

Joel Robuchon - a lot of money, especially after the wine pairings. There is no way you get out of there without dropping far (and I mean far) above $1000. After you get over the price tag, the food was excellent. I have not been to his place in Paris, so cannot compare, but certainly excellent dishes, every one. I cannot answer if it is worth it or not (for the money) since that is subjective, but certainly a must visit place for any foodie. Will I go there again when I visit Las Vegas ? No.

Sage - We enjoyed ourselves at Sage. The decor is my style. The food was very good. I do not understand why people were raving over the foie gras brulee. It was decent, but a seared whole foie with reduction over the top will win every time in my view. I imagine we will be back to Sage for our next trip.

Lunches - Actually ended up eating a couple of lunches at La Cave. Probably the best place to get a good lunch in the Wynn/Encore complex. Thank you guys for the help on selecting this place. Social Cafe (went once) is as average as it ever was. A nice surprise was Social Cafe (in crystals) since we went there for coffee (you guys mentioned it was the best on the strip). We were pleasantly surprised by an awesome lunch menu/deal $20 for 3 course Japanese. It was really quite good !! I would definitely go back again. The food was far beyond the price tag.

Breakfasts - I remember there being a debate on here about Bouchon vs Tableau. We ate twice at Tableau and once at Bouchon. I am sorry, there is no contest, Tableau wins hands down. First of all, the Latte's were noticeably better at Tableau, which is high praise from a coffee geek. Secondly, the atmosphere is depressing at Bouchon. It's between 3 buildings, very little sun, in the shade with no view. The indoors area is saturated by the smell/feel of butter. I felt like I was getting fat just standing there. Tableau (if you eat outside) has a great patio area, lots of sky, bright sunlight, great gardens/flowers to look at, and is a lot more cheery. The food at Bouchon, was good, but certainly not better than Tableau. And Tableau's white chocolate french toast was awesome, surpassing anything on Bouchon's menu. I didn't get to Verrandah, but I will not be returning to Bouchon given I would rather spend the same money across the street in a cheerier place.

Jul 25, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Raku off the menu?

LOL I was googling it 24 hours before you, probably, since I had no clue what it was. Thanks for the feedback, that's pretty much what I assumed too: fine, but not my thing :)

Jul 12, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Raku off the menu?

Yea, its the second (or third) category on the menu. I think the concept is you order a bunch of those items, and they come together steamed in a broth. Intriguing, but I have never had it and not sure if I would like it, how to order it, and how to eat it :)

Jul 11, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Raku off the menu?

Did any of you guys try the Oden ?

Jul 11, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Raku off the menu?

Awesome, thanks for your help LVI !

Jul 10, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Raku off the menu?

Going to Raku next Thurs. If we are ordering off the menu (recommended by many of you here, instead of the omikase) how many dishes are we probably looking at ? (Trying to figure out the pace of the meal) Obviously it depends on how much you eat, but for an average appetite, would I be too far off if I planned on splitting 10 dishes between the two of us ?? Or is that too much?

Or 12? I know I can do "batches", but still trying to pace the whole thing I don't want to plan on something for dish 10 and run out of room/desire :)

Jul 09, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Omaha steaks in needham

That's what I suspected. Thanks for the info :)

Jul 05, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Omaha steaks in needham

Anyone been there? Anything to say, positive or negative?

Jul 05, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Where is Raku? In this strip mall?

Awesome. I would love to try Kabuto, but my wife is allergic to fish :( And I can't go solo. It looks like Raku has a sizeable non-fish menu so that works better.

Jul 05, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Where is Raku? In this strip mall?

Yea, had reservations for last 2 months (I think they were surprised I called so far in advance but I wanted to make sure I had them).. Anyway, coming from Wynn so it shouldn't be that expensive at all. Can't wait. You guys did the a la carte (create your own tasting menu, so to speak?) How many dishes did you guys manage to finish so I can gauge how many we should be looking to order (or I should say, how many we should narrow down our vast choices to)

Jul 04, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Is e worth it?

Heh, Molly. We have some nice tomatoes in our garden coming soon I hope :)

I would also add that there is nothing "conspicuous" about eating at an out-of-sight table that is not visible and not advertised with 6 other people. Nor is eating at a random no-name strip mall (Raku) nor some random house in the middle of nowhere (Alinea, Chicago). I can't see how any of these would be considered 'conspicuous consumption'.

Jul 03, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Where is Raku? In this strip mall?

Awesome, got it. Thanks.

Jul 03, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Is e worth it?

Actually, hychka, I would be more ashamed at dining at the Wynn buffet (see your other post) and the gluttony and food waste that ensues there than any individually prepared, small portion sized meal. However, I digress.

If your wife is spinning down essence of pea in your kitchen centrifuge, then you, sir, have truly arrived. Unfortunately, we common folk have jobs. My wife and I work and have no time to be wandering around open air markets looking for fresh morels or the perfect white truffle. No, I have 2 kids to feed. I am lucky if I find a palatable tomato at my local grocery store (welcome to the USA). Even if I was able to procure said provisions, and even if I had a science lab that rivaled Biogen in my kitchen, I have no time to be spinning the stuff in centrifuges and creating 'foam of chicken nugget' for the children. No, places like 'e' are completely 'worth it'. They offer an escape and a gastronomical journey that I cannot replicate. If your wife has the equipment, knowledge and will to prepare these meals for you, then I truly envy you. I, however, have no shame in my little escape. Other people buy baseball or football tickets, I dine.

Besides, if you really stick to the menu, and avoid the overpriced wine, you can shave a significant amount off the final bill, and still have the experience. In the end, it won't be significantly more than a $75pp place but the journey will be so much more. So in that sense, it is, and will be, worth it.

:) I also give most of my money to charity - the US government.

Jul 03, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Where is Raku? In this strip mall?

Going to LV in 2 weeks for my little foodie excursion, planning on paying for my meals with my gambling winnings.

So where is Raku? Is it really in this strip mall ? I pasted Google street view link below, because it looks like the strip mall has nothing there. Is it in that space "Space available" ? I assume so.

https://maps.google.com/maps?q=raku&a...

It's not that far from Encore, maybe $20 cab ride?

Jul 03, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

Dinner at Troquet

Exactly. And you don't have to deal with some clown serving you.

Jun 29, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Dinner at Troquet

One of my experiences was aloof and snobby, not friendly at all, dismissive and non-attentive. But I can deal with that. The other experience, like I said, just had me steaming around the collar. Basically, the guy would not shut up from the time we opened the menu to the time we paid the check. We commented upon something, he then responded. We said it was fine. But then he wouldn't drop it. He would keep coming back to the table, it seemed every 5 minutes, and kept bringing it up. Then he had the chef or owner? come by and repeat the same damn thing. After the 6th time, I was ready to scream 'enough already, move on for crying out loud'. Maybe the guy had obsessive compulsive disorder, but the amount of times he interrupted us was out of control. Then he made some very obvious statements, as if I hadn't thought of that yet. I swear to God I should have just offered him a seat at the table with us. That way he could save himself the walk and just continuously interrupt us, instead of giving us the hope of being able to finish a single sentence to each other. Just typing this makes me angry. Shut. Up. Already.

In addition, as Klunco stated, the food is not up to par with the price or where you expect it to be for this place. Again, there are many other places in this price category that are better.

Jun 29, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Dinner at Troquet

True, but on the other hand, know that bad reviews are out there. And sadly, I am one of those people that usually doesn't have anything bad to say. In addition, for my two visits to be consistently terrible says something.

"People's opinion of Troquet are greatly influenced by their relationship with wine." No. People's opinion, or at least mine, is influenced by such horrendous service that I couldn't enjoy my wine or meal. And yes, I consider myself a wine aficionado.

I agree with Klunco, that in addition to the "actively horrendous" service I experienced, the food was lacking in quality/execution. The service Klunco describes is spot on in one visit and far worse in my second visit. In fact, I whole-heartedly agree with Klunco's entire post since it's a very accurate description.

I am sure many people had a very nice experience. For me, it's not worth wasting my money or time there when there are better places in town.

Jun 29, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

Dinner at Troquet

I know everyone's experience differs but Troque is probably the worst mid to high end restaurant in Boston. I've been there twice. The food we ate was mediocre at best. The server we had was so horrible that I have yet to see such awful service at a place of this reputed caliber. Every time he opened his mouth I wanted to beg him to close it again. It was so bad, I can vividly still remember it.

Jun 28, 2012
drtechno in Greater Boston Area

NY perspective on Vegas trip

As my favorite chowhound would say "Raa Roe" .. Thanks for the heads up. Will take appropriate evasive maneuvers.

Jun 25, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

NY perspective on Vegas trip

ellenost is an NYC hound puppy? Huh, awesome. I thought you were nothing but a Las Vegas hound dog. T-3 weeks and counting for my deliciousness recommended by ellen and you other pooches ! Can't wait

Jun 25, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas

NY perspective on Vegas trip

Oh fiddlesticks ! That doesn't sound good ! How much is a cab ride from Wynn to Raku ?? Now I'm in trouble.

Jun 25, 2012
drtechno in Las Vegas