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7 Places to Splurge on Chef Tasting Menus

Boston chefs serve up food fit for serious foodies

‘Tis the season to indulge, and nothing says indulgence to serious foodies more than a chef’s tasting. Think of it. You go out to dinner at a luxurious, high-end restaurant and don’t even pick up the menu. Instead, the chef skillfully creates a multi-course, culinary extravaganza designed to wow your taste buds. What might you expect? At Salts, something like sunchoke soup with black truffle and poached lobster, followed by bergamot-cured ocean trout with compressed cucumber, shaved rye bread and nasturtium, and then slow-roasted Columbia River sturgeon with potato gnocchi, pickled beets and black truffle caviar. Yes, there’s more: Cassoulet of chicken, house-cured bacon and braised pine nuts, and then Painted Hills beef rib eye with Yukon gold potato mille-feuille and leek soubise. There’s two desserts: Concord grape sorbet, toasted brioche and peanut butter powder (Chef Gabriel Bremer’s whimsical riff on a PB&J), and chocolate and kirschwasser infused mousse, layered with genoise. And all you have to do is sit down, dig in and roll out the door when you’re done.
$95 (8 courses). 798 Main St., Cambridge, 617.876.8444

 

If you're serious about food, here are six more places to indulge in a chef tasting:

Clio

$115 (7 courses); $135 (10 courses); $165 (14 courses).
370 A Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617.536.7200, www.cliorestaurant.com

L’Espalier

$205 (10-12 courses).
774 Boylston St., Boston, 617.262.3023, www.lespalier.com

No. 9 Park

$112 (6 courses).
9 Park St., Boston, 617.742.9991, www.no9park.com

O Ya

$185 (17 courses).
9 East Street Place, Boston, 617.654.9900, www.oyarestaurantboston.com

Troquet

$95 (6 courses); $110 (8 courses).
140 Boylston St., Boston, 617.695.9463, troquetboston.com

T.W. Food

$85 (7 courses).
377 Walden St., Cambridge, 617.864.4745, www.twfoodrestaurant.com