Aug 21, 2011

L'espalier & OOTD

One of the restaurants that I've always always wanted to try but never had a chance to while I still lived 5 mins away, and now on a casual weekday afternoon it was the perfect timing since I still have the resident sticker and am able to park anywhere I want in Back Bay, we (finally!) made up our mind and tried L'espalier for Restaurant Week to see if it really lives up its hype. 

Appetizers - 
1) Melon and champagne soup with poached shrimp
2) Apple Street Farm heirloom tomato salad with chèvre

Main Course -
3) Seared Scottish salmon with ratatouille and saffron couscous
4) Roast pork loin with sweet corn and red pepper relish

Overlooking one of the busiest streets in Boston, it is still much less crowded than majority of places in the rest of the world lol.

Desserts -
5) Sachertorte, mango fluid gel, amaretto Chantilly cream, chocolate crumbs
6) Wild strawberry-vanilla mousse, lychee foam, raspberry balsamic vinaigrette

While I was out, I snapped a few pictures for an OOTD post, corresponding video is on my youtube channel.

Dress - F21 (Similar from F21 Here, Here & Here
Heels - Target 
Purse - Gucci (Black stripes from Saks Fifth Here
Nails - Happy Birthday by Deborah Lippman (from Neiman Marcus Here)

And what did I think about this 'one of the best French restaurants in town'? I love the main courses but the rest are really so so-so. The appetizers are so common, watermelon-ish soup is basically seen in a lot of french fusion restaurants and look at that salad, crappiest than my homemade costco spinach strawberries blueberries salad lol. The desserts taste really artificial. I prefer cakes from Eldo from chinatown wtf. Overall I am so glad we paid $25 per person for this tasting menu because only the main courses deserve the rave reviews. 

It's not just me. A lot of my friends have been there not only to Restaurant Week (Read my 3 Boston Restaurant Week posts HereHere & Here. Though most of my "Eats" restaurants participate in RW too!) did not enjoy their meal at L'espalier either. Overrated and overall not worth what you're paying for especially it costs about $150/person for a regular dinner. Glad I tried it for RW instead :)

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