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le soir (long)

brad | Oct 27, 2004 09:27 AM

Went to le Soir last night for a goodbye dinner with some friends who are moving south. Decided to have the chefs tasting menu with wine ($85). The room was mostly empty for the evening with a max of 7 tables and a party in the private room down stairs. Service was attentive and friendly. Started with a little amuse of poached fig with blue cheese and a little crouton of sorts. Wonderful the blue cheese was smooth and creamy and the poached fig offset it wonderfully. First couse was an apple, potato and crab salad. The crab was super fresh, the apples crisp and the potatoes cooked perfectly. Next course was whole roasted monk fish. Served tableside in a long oval copper pan. It was served with lardons, and some roasted root veg. Also served with a little pot of the best mashed potatoes I have every had. I have never had the famous "Robochon" potatoes but they must be the same. The fish was amazing, perfect! one of the best single dishes I have had in a long time. Next came seared quail with oats. Good but not my favorite. The oats were cooked like a risotto, well made but kinda strange. Last course was short ribs with a pommes anna. The short rib was perfect, almost too much by this time. My wife had one bite and couldn't do any more. Dessert was a large plate with a selection from the dessert menu. Most were only ok, the dacquoise with mocha cream and the cider sorbet standing out as wonderfull. The chocolate bread pudding and the semi freddo were only so-so. Wines were paired with each course and were fantastic. I would say that $85 is steep for 4 courses but the portion size was almost too big. Le soir was worth the trip to Newton.

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