M had never been to Menton, so I took her in January as her holiday gift. After a day of relaxation at the InterContinental spa, we headed over to Menton for the chef’s tasting menu. Kristen Kish, who you may recognize from her win on the 2012/2013 season of Top Chef, has been the chef de cuisine of Menton since June of 2013.
Since opening in 2010, Barbara Lynch’s Menton has won several awards, including a 4 star review by the Globe, and was nominated as a James Beard Foundation Awards 2011 finalist for Best New Restaurant.
The menu changes frequently, so these aren’t the exact flavors that we had, but many of the flavors show above made an appearance on our tasting menu. The tasting menu is offered at $155 per person. If you prefer, they also offer a 4 course prix fixe menu for $95.
The decor is simple and charming. I was surprised at the amount of people here tonight that were in casual clothing. One gentleman was in jeans and a -shirt and another gentleman later in the evening showed up in bleached jeans and a sweater.
The lobster bolognese with sea urchin and bottarga (a Mediterranean delicacy of salted, cured fish roe, typically from grey mullet, tuna, or swordfish) was probably my favorite dish of the night. The pasta was delicate and the lobster had a hint of sweetness.
Buffalo short rib with wheat berries came plated and they poured onion comsumme over top. A really flavorful, bold winter dish. The short rib was perfectly cooked, the meal fell apart with just your fork.
The service here was top notch – as you would expect. All dishes were brought out and explained in detail – the meal was seamless. While the meal was delicious (and lighter than other tasting menus we have had recently) there wasn’t any one dish tonight that “wowed” me. Looking forward to going back soon to see what chef Scott Jones will do to with the menu!
354 Congress Street, Boston
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