Menton

Barbara Lynch strikes again. As though it wasn’t enough that she delighted us with the best oysters at B & G Oyster or perfection in charcuterie at The Butcher Shop or special nights out at No. 9 Park or the whimsy of her mixologists at Drink (not to mention Stir and 9 at Home), but she really hits one out of the park with her latest restaurant, the fine dining wonder, Menton, in her Fort Point complex. Sleek, elegant, and comfortable, Menton is a glammed up dining experience that we Bostonians mightn’t be totally accustomed to, but I think we will learn pretty quickly to love it. ;)

Menton is decorated in muted grays, blacks, and whites, with some funky touches that make it feel modern and approachable.

Menton Boston Lobby

 

Menton Boston

I was excited to dress up for an evening out and even more excited to see a dining room of dressed up people.

I started with a glass of sparkling wine from the Loire Valley. You can see my husband’s Vieux Carre cocktail in the photo as well :)

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Menton menu

Menton menu

Our team of impeccable servers brought an amuse of asparagus, cream, and a toasty parmesan top.

amuse bouche

We were offered bread between each course, and we started with honey croissants with fresh butter. I could have made an entire meal of these, but limited myself to just one sweet, buttery bite.

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Menton operates on a prix fixe menu or tasting menu only, and we opted for the prix fixe. I started with a meaty crab salad.

Menton crab salad

My second course was an artichoke velouté, a creamy, silky artichoke soup with summer truffles and crispy artichoke chips that melted right into the creaminess.

artichoke veloute

The options for the third course were duck, veal sweetbreads, or beef, but when I asked our server if I could substitute a second course for the third, they happily obliged and brought one of the best fish dishes I have ever eaten. Flaky, buttery halibut was served with fava beans and a rich but light broth.

Menton halibut

For my final course, dessert, I had the coffee caramel parfait  which included a buttery financier cookie, coffee pearls, chocolate ganache, and a ball of ice cream dusted in cocoa. To accompany the dessert, my husband ordered a 1980 Warre Port which we shared. It was a sweet and delicious addition to our desserts. Although all of the portions seemed small, I left this meal completely full.

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1980 Warre Port

The final special touch of the night was the bowl of mini macarons that was presented with our check. In flavors such as a zesty pink peppercorn, basil, black olive, and traditional vanilla, these mini macarons were enough for dessert in themselves, and despite having already eaten decadent desserts, we finished off the bowl. The pink peppercorn was incredible! Peppery all the way to the back of the throat, with a tiny bit of sweetness, these macarons were unlike any dessert I have ever eaten.

Menton Macarons

Menton is opulent, sleek, beautifully decorated and well stocked with expert servers. More importantly, it serves quintessential Barbara Lynch cuisine, high quality, satisfying portions, of fresh, delicious, and fun food. If tonight, a night before they are even officially open, is any indication of the success of Menton, I predict it will be close to impossible to get a table for at least the first year. Plan ahead for special occasions, and make your way over to this Fort Point gem.

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  1. Michelle’s avatar

    Fantastic review! You have me even more excited to check Menton out…and those mini macaroons look adorable!

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  2. Daisy’s avatar

    It looks awesome I am so glad you liked it!!! How did you get to go before it opened for reals?!

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    1. traveleatlove’s avatar

      I got an email, I think from being on the mailing list? It was completely packed for not being open yet! I expect it will only get even better.

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    2. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

      Oh it looks AMAZING! Im so glad that you took advantage of the early opening :-) you made me feel like I did too :-) That crab dish looks incredible!

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      1. traveleatlove’s avatar

        Everything was so good! I can’t wait to go again. . . Boston blogger meetup at Menton? :)

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        1. Lindsay Meyer’s avatar

          This definitely looks like a place I would enjoy. It’s funny though, when you said “Fort Point” I thought of the Golden Gate Bridge (where the SF Fort Point is!) and then thought, “how peculiar that there’s a restaurant down there?”

          And then I snapped back to reality.

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          1. traveleatlove’s avatar

            You should come to Boston sometime, and we can get all dressed up and eat at Menton! :)

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            1. A Boston Food Diary’s avatar

              Love it!! That would be so much fun!!

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            2. The Red Menace’s avatar

              Love the wine/cocktail shot. Beautiful as always. I’m waiting for an occasion special enough to try this but I’m glad to hear what you thought!

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            3. Kelly’s avatar

              Wow that looks delicious. You amaze me with all the restaurants you try :) Yum.

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            4. sophia’s avatar

              Gosh, I do enjoy restaurant reviews so much…mostly because I can live vicariously through you. Such great dishes! I was really intrigued by the egg custard dish on the menu, though.

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              1. traveleatlove’s avatar

                It was so hard to decide what to order! Also, it wasn’t on the menu last night, but I read that they have a BUTTER soup that sounds like the best food on the planet! :) Next time!

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                1. Random’s avatar

                  If you ask for it, they will give it to you. It is there signature Amuse, but they only serve it to select people, but if you asked i am sure they would give it to you.

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                2. Raija’s avatar

                  Um, can we go for half birthday celebration? YUM!

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                  1. traveleatlove’s avatar

                    Lets go to Menton for your half birthday and Craigie for mine. And MVO needs to decide on a 30th birthday dinner too. Who else can we celebrate? :)

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                  2. Meg @ Be Fit Be Full’s avatar

                    Wow, all that food looks absolutely amazing! I could really go for a honey croissant right now :)
                    Have a great weekend!

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                  3. Cookin' Canuck’s avatar

                    What a wonderful evening out! That artichoke veloute looks so rich and delicious.

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                  4. Kristen at Batterlicker’s avatar

                    Looks yummy! Will have to try it next time I’m out in Boston – probably over summer.

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