With lots of holiday shopping to be done, I've had a chance to try some of the new places that have opened around Copley Plaza.
Osushi is a small sushi restaurant that just opened in the Westin last Saturday. It's a comfortable oasis to stop and relax, done in shades of black and gray and lit by warm red candles. We had a nice table overlooking Clarendon and enjoyed a carafe of pear-infused sake, along with tako and red snapper sushi, and a few rolls. They have an extensive sake menu divided into "light-bodied", "medium-bodied", "specialty", etc., with some by the carafe.
After all the hype about how "different" Saint was going to be (i.e, not typical Club crowd, loung-ier, place to relax and enjoy the food), I was a little disappointed. I was expecting more of a lounge-type place, with cozy nooks and corners to try Rene Michelena's food. We ate in the "Bordello Room", the most cozy of the three that Saint has. Lots of annoying "Reserved" signs on the tables (due to, I later read somewhere, $10,000 memberships). Those were the cons, but the service, food, and cocktails were excellent. Highlights were the "Silver Platter", which included small sampler-size portions of various appetizers (that night; chickpea fritters, mussels in a red Thai curry, shitake dumplings, sate, smoked scallop spring rolls), and a mango cocktail made with Skyy, mango puree, Cointreau, and cognac. Walked by early last night and it already had the requisite line found at Aria, Whiskey Park, and every other Trendy New Boston Club.
City Bar is my favorite of the three - the new bar in the Lenox. Cozy and comfortable, not too crowded on a Friday night, and the food is stellar, all from the Azure kitchen. We LOVED everything we ordered. Robert Fathman, the extremely talented chef (formerly of Grille 23, the Federalist, Trio, to name a few) had once extolled to me the virtues of his lobster bisque and all I can say is RIGHTLY SO. Off the Azure menu, we enjoyed that delicious "Really Good Lobster Soup" with timbale of corn pudding; lobster agnolotti with mascarpone and sage; and wonderful feathery-light gnocchi with wild mushrooms (all appetizers). I would also recommend the "Reuben" with veal pastrami from the City Bar menu.
They also make a variety of unique infused spirits:
Maker's Mark with caramelized Turkish figs, Chinese cinnamon, and vanilla beans.
Jamaican rum with ginger, cardamom, and lime.
Sauza Commemorative with pineapple, mango, mint and lime, and white peppercorns.
Now for one of the BEST cocktails I've had in Boston (and, as some of you Hounds know, I do try a lot!), be sure to try the Noche Loca. It's made with that infused tequila, mango puree, fresh lime and mint, and a spritz of Champagne. Fruity, bright, sparkly and refreshing, it's addictive. It was so good, I never did try any of the others.