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Ten Tables - review

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Ten Tables - review

jacinthe | Jun 18, 2005 09:30 AM

Went to Ten Tables a couple of weeks ago for their Wednesday night dining special – any three courses off their menu for $25. They were smart – the steak wasn’t offered that night. Décor of the place is lovely – intimate lighting, black and white pictures, flickering tealights everywhere. And yes, there are only 10 tables (counting the bar seats).

An amuse-bouche of beet soup was brought out after we seated, followed by some bread with some very fragrant olive oil. We then started out with the Ten Tables “tini” cocktail, described as “Pineau de Charentes, citrus cognac served on ice with fresh mint”. It tasted an awful lot like white Lillet. As appetizer, I got the homemade charcuterie plate, which had two different kinds of sausage, a pork pate, and pork rillettes, served with a very nice grainy mustard (and usually, I hate mustard) and cornichons. My friend got the homemade Toulouse sausage with German potato salad, which also was very good. For an entrée, I got the homemade pasta of the day – the details of which I wish I could remember, if I’m not mistaken it was a kind of modified carbonara which was simply amazing. Huge portion size; I could barely get through half of it. My friend got the seared trout with peas, fried bread, fresh mint, and beurre blanc sauce. It too was a great dish.

Full, we could barely contemplate dessert – but of course we had to have it! I got the Tahitian vanilla bean crème brulee, while my friend got the brioche French toast. What can I say aside from the fact that they were both, of course, excellent dishes. I do wish there had been another fruit option aside from the mousseline, since after such a large meal I like something sweet but light, and the crème brulee verged more on the lush and decadent side.

I have to say, this might be one of the best all-around experiences I’ve had eating in a very long time. The food was excellent, and the service was perfect. The owner/I can’t really call her a waitress, but she did take care of all the tables was friendly, but not overbearingly so, and always made sure that we were taken care of without being intrusive about it. I wish we’d been smart enough to reserve the two seats at the counter so that we could watch the teensy kitchen in action, because that would have definitely been fun. I’ve extended my stay in Boston by a couple of months, and I can’t wait to return, perhaps on one of their Tuesday wine nights.

Link: http://www.tentables.net

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