L'espalier C'est Magnifigue
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We just got back from a magnificent 12 courses, chef tasting meal at L'espalier. Money's well worth spent. Though almost all of restaurants in Boston are not up to par (overpriced, mediocre food), I'm happy that we have a true gem here. Michael and Christine, good friends of ours, treated us as a wedding gift as well as celebrating Christine's birthday. They kindly mentioned that this is a reciprocal meal from a humble meal I cooked for them about a year and a half ago (It's a fantastic trade off,wasn't it). The night started off with a bottle of bubbly, then Lamb, salmon, lobster, oyster, clam, snapper, foie gras (creme de la creme- cooked with bitter sweet chocolate. Just when you thought it couldn't be more orgasmic than that), pork loin, tomato sorbet, gnocchi, forest mushroom, cheese plate, and dessert followed. The surprisingly delightful thing was the juice tasting, the virgin version. Lemon-lime-mint, berry mixed, savory tomato gazpacho, and mango-bergamot. Jumba-juice gone haute right there. I was on cloud nine the whole time. This dining experience is what it's all about. You want the chef to surprise you, to seduce you into their imagination. What's the point of spending $275 per person when you can cook the exact dishes at home, sometimes even better. To top it all off, the service was above and beyond (I didn't have to open the restroom door). I am sure we will be in hibernation for weeks.