After a long-awaited weekend trek to Boston to sit on the Green Monster at Fenway Park (I bought tickets in January), we were disappointed and dejected to see the Sox completely blow two games. Fortunately, I had made a reservation (thanks to a rec here on CH) for brunch on Sunday morning at Mistral. A lovely meal, in a lovely room that brightened our spirits for the trip home.
The service was warm, welcoming and efficient. Not a cue missed for water, drinks, or food.
As we perused the menu, we were promptly served individual warm cinnamon coffeecakes with butter and pineapple preserves. Off to a great start.
We enjoyed a mix of breakfast and lunch foods, and shared an order of Cherry Beignets. Cute little crunchy/creamy doughnut hole-sized bites with rich cherry jelly on the side. They were a fun nibble with Mistral's strong coffee, a refreshing White Peach Bellini, and a solid Mimosa, which at $16 was a bit pricey in my opinion, but it was made with Veuve Clicquot and tasted good. A table next to us ordered Bloody Marys and they were massive.
A friend who had imbibed too much the night before kept her meal simple and ordered the Greek-style yogurt Panna Cotta, Pistachio Granola, Native Honey & Fig Glace´. "Wow," she said. "Greek yogurt is usually just Greek yogurt, but this is fantastic."
My daughter couldn't decide what to get because she loved the description of so many of the entrees. She finally opted for the Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes and a side of Applewood Bacon. Yum and yummier.
My husband had Eggs Benedict with lightly poached eggs that oozed brilliantly beneath an ultra smooth Hollandaise sauce. Perfection.
Because we shared our plates, I went for something more lunchy and ordered a Bacon, Gruyere and Onion Pizza. It was a nice crispy nibble, better I think as an appetizer than an entree.
Although we arrived at Mistral a bit saddened, we left cheerful and happy thanks to a great meal and great overall experience!
One note about Mistral's dress code. On its website, it says the dress code is: "Upscale dress, no ripped jeans, sneakers or hats on men." So I had advised my dining companions ahead of time to dress nicely. They gave me a bit of a hard time because we were on a baseball trip and they didn't want to bring nice clothes. But nonetheless they complied. Needless to say, they delighted in ripping me a new one by pointing out the number of men in Mistral's dining room who were wearing jeans and tee shirts, hardly upscale dress, though I don't know if any of the jeans were "ripped." At the table next to us, my husband pointed out six men wearing sneakers. So something to keep in mind if you want to go to Mistral but didn't bring dressy casual duds. Just go!
1. Mistral's bright dining room (The customer next to the waiter is wearing jeans, tee shirt, and sneakers.)
2. Complimentary coffeecake
4. Bloody Marys
5. Cherry Beignets
6. Greek Yogurt
7. Lemon Poppyseed Pancakes
8. Applewood Bacon
9. Eggs Benedict
10. Bacon, Gruyere, Onion Pizza