Thursday, January 24, 2008

Valentine's Day Options

Valentine's Day approaches rather quickly so now is the time to make your dinner reservations if you hope to get a table, especially at certain prime hours. So today I offer a selection of some options you might want to consider.

Ashmont Grill
"Perfect Pairs” on Monday, February 11th at 6:30 PM – a casual wine tasting with romantic food matches on small plates for $25 p.p. Service as usual on February 14 with special Valentine’s Day dessert creations by pastry chef Claire Garland.
555 Talbot Street, Dorchester, 617-825-4300,

Prix Fixe Menu @ $ 55 p.p. (or, $80 with paired wine)
Choices include:
--Chilled Maine Lobster with avocado, fingerlings, frisée, citrus vinaigrette
2006 Château Du Chatelard, Beaujolais Blanc
--Citrus Salad: blood orange, grapefruit, fennel, endive, radicchio, walnuts
2006 Verdad, Albarino, Central Coast
--Seared Foie Gras with Poached Quince, smoked bacon, microgreens, brioche
2004 Fenestra, Estate Syrah, Livermore Valley
--Seared Golden Trout
2005 Zusslin, Sylvaner Alsace
--Pork Two Ways: grilled chop, EVOO poached leg, served with black barley with
wild mushrooms and kumquat compote
2005 Edmunds St. John, Rocks and Gravel, Berkeley
--Grilled Rib Eye with blue cheese baked potato, crisp shallots and truffle butter.
2004 Teatown Cellars, Merlot, Napa

Choice of Dessert from the regular menu: Spice Cake, Blancmange, Crème Brulee
44 Brattle Street, Cambridge 617-876-0999

Chez Henri
Four course prix fixe menu @ $80 p.p.
Includes such choices as:
-Raw Duxbury oysters with champagne mignonette
-Seared Nantucket Bay Scallops with caviar beurre blanc
-Peruvian Crab Salad with habanero-pineapple gelee and jicama
-Duck Prosciutto & Beet Carpaccio with blue cheese
-Foraged Mushroom Soup with truffled watercress
-Oxtail consommé with mirepoix and truffled potato dumpling
-Lemon sole with celery root puree
-Organic Breast of Pheasant with sweetbreads and sunchokes
-Oil-Poached Halibut with salsify linguini, syrah grape sauce
-Butter Poached Lobster & Mussels with blood orange vinaigrette
One Shepard Street, Cambridge 617-354-8980,

Three course prix fixe for $80
Choose from half a dozen options for every course, including:
--Shrimp with Mango-Jalapeno Sorbet
--Crab Cake with avocado-herb salad
--VT Quail with brandied chestnuts and pomegranate
--Grilled Wild King Salmon with citrus fruits
--Roast Beef Tenderloin Bearnaise with potato-turnip gratin
--Pan Roast of Lobster with sweet potato, bourbon & chervil
--Caramelized Apple Galette for Two
Three Appleton Street, Boston 617-426-1790,

Sandrine's Bistro
Serving dinner from 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Chef Raymond Ost’s three course prix fixe menu is priced by entrée selection
Choice of appetizers includes:
-Foie Gras Crème Brulee with terrine of foie gras
-Tartare Duo (lemon thyme scallop / sesame soy tuna)
-St. Marceline Fondue
-½ Dozen Escargot

-Terre et Mer $64 (L.I. Duck Magret with Sauteed Blue Prawns)
-Rack of Lamb $66
-Lobster Thermidor $69
-Vegetable Tofu Quiche $52
-Filet Mignon $72
Choice of dessert includes Red Wine Poached Pear and Frozen Praline Souffle
8 Holyoke Street, Cambridge 617-497-5300,

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