Market by Jean-Georges opened in the W Boston on October 29, and is receiving reviews that vary from thrilled to underwhelmed. On the positive side, the tasting menu is a good value at $58 for six courses and some of the dishes are choice. But some others are terribly oversalted, a fact which more then one hound has conveyed to the servers. Oh, and everyone at the table has to order the tasting menu or it’s à la carte city.
• Fois gras brûlée: a thin disk of fois gras served cold on a round of brioche with a caramelized sugar coating and spicy fig jam on the side. This one sent the hounds into paroxysms of joy.
• Cheesecake with Concord grape sorbet.
• Seared shrimp with pumpkin, ginger, and basil sauce, plus pumpkin seeds.
• The grilled lamb chop, which comes cooked perfectly rare with a gorgeous smoked chile glaze, and served on a bed of king oyster mushrooms and broccoli rabe.
• The somewhat bland lobster with lemon spätzle.
• Overly peppery black pepper crab fritters.
• Strip steak, which is perfectly done, but unforgivably salty.
Despite the hit-and-miss food, hounds report throngs of diners packing the place, particularly before and after theater showtimes.
Market by Jean-Georges [Back Bay]
100 Stuart Street, Boston