One of the best restaurant inventions for the undecided diner was the creation of the tasting menu. The multi-course dinner (with optional wine pairing) gives diners the opportunity to sample some of the chef’s best dishes that you may not ordinarily find on the standard dinner menu. We scoured Boston to find some of the city’s best menus and came up with the top five.
1 o yao ya
o ya in the Leather District has one of the most elaborate tasting menus in Boston. Try the Grand Omakase that includes a 20+ tasting of all things decadent from a Kumamoto oyster with watermelon pearls; Hokkiado sea urchin and Black River caviar to Kyoto style wild Maitake mushrooms and Ora King salmon with spicy sesame ponzu.
9 East Street Boston, MA 02111
In Back Bay, L'Espalier does a great Chef's Tasting that will take you on a culinary journey inspired by the flavors of the season. Executive chef Frank McClelland's multi-course menu includes lavish preparations of caviar and truffles. For the ultimate dining experience, reserve the private tasting table for a night you won't soon forget.
774 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116
The Into Evolution menu at Menton in the Fort Point Channel showcases some of Chef Barbara Lynch's best talent. Here, you can start off the multi-course tasting with a sampling of their signature butter soup before moving onto swordfish with cucumber, fennel and cumin; progressing onto a menage a foie gras; duck egg omelet and taste of venison. The experience, which can be paired up with a nice selection of wines ends with a sweet taste of creme caramel.
354 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210
4 Craigie on MainCraigie on Main
The five-course chef's menu at Craigie on Main changes daily,, so you may start off with a trio of seafood (think bluefish rillettes, pastrami-cured ocean trout, and pastis-poached mussel). From there, chef/owner Tony Maws tantalizes diners' taste buds with the sashimi of local bonito (pluots, umeboshi, shiso, shisito peppers), Maws is always pushing the creativity bar, so for main events, you may see lamb two ways (traditional roasted rack and braised tongue for the more adventurous diner).
853 Main Street Cambridge, MA 02139
5 No. 9 ParkNo. 9 Park
The six-course tasting menu at Barbara Lynch's first restaurant that made her a standout chef here in Boston changes biweekly. Dishes may include seasonals specialties like Pemaquid oyster, Arctic char, veal ravioli, her infamous prune-stuffed gnocchi and Hudson Valley foie gras. Each course has a suggested wine/champagne pairing to make each dish even better.
9 Park Street Boston, MA 02108