Over the last few months I have been trying to get around to as many tasting menus as possible. The key to a good tasting menu is obviously great food, but the wine pairings, the quantity of food, the service and the ambiance are all factors that go into a great dining experience. Most of the meals with drinks were around $400 for two. It didn't seem to matter whether we had five courses or eleven, the check was always about the same. I'll throw out my top 3 and my worst experience and would appreciate it if others could do the same. I ended up trying fifteen different places in Boston and Cambridge.
1) Radius - Awesome food, service, generous wine pairings and the right amount of food so I didn't leave feeling like a beached whale. Printing the menu at the end was a nice touch. I've been back three times in the last few weeks and the place is consistently excellent.
2) Number 9 Park - Alba truffles made the meal and the wine list is full of hard to find Italian and French reds. Service was a little disappointing.
3) L'Espalier - Well executed, almost clinical, French food using the best local ingredients. Only issue was that there was too much of it. The meal took more than 4 hours and at the end we were falling asleep at the table. I'd suggest going for a run after the fourth course, alternatively pack a couple of red bulls. The sommelier really knows his stuff.
I'm off to try Miel at the Intercontinental tonight. I'm not sure if they have a tasting menu. I'm not even sure they have a menu, their website is pretty light on content...