Troquet serves seasonal French cuisine, boasts an extensive wine list, and, thanks to a prime location, offers great views of Boston Common from the dining room.

The current menu features an appetizer of New Zealand langoustines, served with green papaya, Champagne mango, and tamarind glaze. gini enjoyed the sweet and spicy components of the dish: “It had more kick than I expected and the langoustines were fried—both good surprises.”

Braised Spanish octopus is tender, yet doesn’t fall apart. Along with dishes at Trade and Prezza, this makes gini’s list for best octopus in Boston. Roasted duck, served with Puy lentils, ginger bok choy, crispy vegetables, and Peking jus, is lovely as well.

The cheese cart is also a draw. A selection of three cheeses costs $16; a selection of six, $26.

Troquet [Bay Village/South Cove]
140 Boylston Street, Boston

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