Just wanted to post a recent experience we had at Troquet for the records - haven't seen a full report in a while.
I am not particularly knowledgeable about wine - I like to drink it, but I know practically nothing about it. What was great is that each glass is tagged so you can learn as you go. Or just play along.
Our server was incredible: at once knowledgeable, professional, yet not overly-stuffy.
New Zealand Langoustines with green papaya, champagne mango, & tamarind glaze with Wolf Pinot Gris - Normally the pairing would be with a dry Reisling, but I asked for something even less sweet if they could manage it. The pinot gris played well with this sweet & spicy dish. It had more kick than I expected and the langoustines were fried - both good surprises.
Braised Spanish Octopus with chorizo, fork-crushed potatoes, & espilette pepper broth with Ceretto Arneis - it's impressive how the octopus is tender, yet not falling apart at the seams the way it can when you braise it. This, along with the octopus at Trade and Prezza, are my top three favorite octopus dishes in Boston right now.
Fonduta Tortelini with 12-hour short rib, aromatic vegetables, & parmesan broth with Volver Tempranillo - it's possible the pasta was slightly tough, but the cheesy factor made up for it.
Roasted Jurgielewicz Duck, puy lentils, ginger bok choy, crispy aromatic vegetables, & Peking jus with Gainey Pinot Noir - a lovely little duo of duck, a leg over the bok choy and a breast over the lentils (I think).
Cheese course with Ascheri Barbera d'Alba - ah, the cheese cart. I am a sucker for a cheese cart.
Our table overlooked the Common, so we even had the opportunity for a view. All in all, Troquet is still one of my favorites in Boston.
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