Mistral

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On a cold and unseasonably wintry night (also known as last night) I had the great pleasure of dining with a few of my favorite Boston food bloggers at Mistral in Boston’s Back Bay. Organized by Bianca, dinner also included Megan, Elina, and Daisy the perfect number and combination of women for a chatter and food-filled get together. Eager to get out of the office, I met Megan in Copley Square a little early, and we settled into Mistral’s cozy lounge area for a couple of seasonal beverages. Having been to Mistral long ago for dinner and just last fall for cocktails, I knew that I, a regular wine drinker, needed to have something with an autumnal twist. Megan and I both decided on the Harvest Martini which had a great cinnamon and apple flavor, complete with a cinnamon stick stirrer.

 

harvest cocktail Once we had all arrived at Mistral and were seated, it was awhile before we decided on what to order. Every single appetizer sounded incredible, as did the pizzas and sides. Mark, Mistral’s General Manager, greeted us and along with our wonderfully knowledgeable and attentive server, helped us to narrow our choices down to a few items (and provided a few on the house) which ended up being the perfect amount of food and a great overview of Mistral’s culinary offerings.

It was quite dark in the restaurant, and my camera’s flash is obnoxious, so I didn’t photograph everything. I assure you, each plate was a feast for the senses!

We shared two pizzas, 

Beef Tenderloin, Mashed Potato & White Truffle Oil

White Cheese, Whipped Ricotta, Hot Pepper, Sea Salt & Arugula

 

Mistral pizzaMistral makes their flavorful pizzas with a very light, thin, and crispy crust, just the way that I like it. While I donated the tenderloin from my pizza to Daisy, I delighted in the truffle oil and richness of the mashed potatoes on one pizza while loving the hit of spice from hot peppers on the other. We pondered ordering just one, but it turned out both pizzas were necessary.

pizza with tenderloin
My photos of the rest of the appetizers didn’t come out very well, so I will spare you the blur. But we also devoured Mistral’s signature Sushi Grade Tuna Tartare with Crispy Wontons, Ginger & Soy, Seared Foie Gras with Confit of Duck in Brioche, Wisconsin Dried Cherry Gastrique, and Maine Crab Ravioli with Rock Crab, Thyme & Tomato Broth, and the masterpiece of them all, a new menu item that combines macaroni and cheese with Burgundy truffles, and if I remember correctly, Madeira. I already knew Mistral’s tartare was the best I have ever eaten, and it lived up to its reputation. I only sampled the brioche that came with the foie gras, but it was soaked in a lovely thyme-flavored sauce, and I can only imagine the flavors of the foie gras and duch confit. And the ravioli, though a bit fishy for my taste, came in a light, flavorful, and delicious broth, a way that I wish more pasta was served. But the truffle mac and cheese. . . it was a pan of pure decadence, the truffles emanating that gorgeous, earthy, truffle-y smell, and the sweetness of the wine rounding out all of the flavors.  It was enough for us each to have a couple of bites, but I could have easily eaten the entire portion and licked the bowl clean myself!

And then there was dessert.

Vanilla Creme Brulee, Raspberry, Sugar Cookie

creme brulee

Warm Huckleberry Tart with Meyer Lemon & Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

huckleberry pie

Warm Chocolate Torte, Vanilla Ice Cream, Sauce Anglaise

chocolate cake 

And Mistral’s newest dessert, a chocolate mousse with homemade marshmallow, a glass of S’mores, if you will.
 

chocolate mousse

Throughout dinner, we enjoyed a bottle of 2007 Adelsheim Pinot Noir from Oregon’s Willamette Valley, a recommendation from our server, and a nice, light red with a bouquet and flavors of candied cherry, a great pairing for the variety of dishes we ordered.

Mistral is well-known for being a first rate dining experience in Boston, and last night lived up to that and more. Everyone was very friendly, the food was delicious and well-executed, and despite being a chic and stylish environment, Mistral felt very comfortable, a great place to spend a cold and rainy evening with friends.

I am so happy today is Saturday, I am going to the Boston Lobster Party, and I have less than 2 weeks left at my full time job! What are you happy about today?

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  1. Emily’s avatar

    Looks like a great evening! I was disappointed not to be able to join! I am excited for a friend’s birthday this evening (less excited about the work I have to do today!)

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    It looks like it was a great evening and I’m sorry that I didin’t get to join you ladies!

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  3. MarathonVal’s avatar

    I love the idea of truffle oil on pizza… mouth watering!

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  4. alicia’s avatar

    MMMMmmm, wish I could have made it!! Everything looks and sounds delicious. Glad you had fun!!

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  5. Kristy’s avatar

    Wow, I have to say I’ve never had beef tenderloin on pizza, looks delish along with everything else!

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  6. Elina’s avatar

    Last night was so fun. I’m sure you’re counting down the hours to the end of your full time gig – at least dinner with friends makes the time go by faster, right? :) Let’s get together soon!

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  7. Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic’s avatar

    It was great to finally meet you! I had such a fun time :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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  8. Daisy’s avatar

    you got awesome pictures of the desserts. what a great evening, Mistral really did live up to my expectations and then some. so good to see you as always!

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  9. Terri’s avatar

    I want one of everything…especially the martini (I’ll take two of those!)!

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  10. Katie’s avatar

    What a fun night! Was so sorry to miss it, everything looks so good!

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  11. Megan’s avatar

    Ok, I need another Harvest Martini and a double helping of the mac and cheese!

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  12. Julie’s avatar

    Mmm…looks good even at 8:00 in the morning as I read it!!!

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  13. Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca)’s avatar

    Those dishes are beautifully presented! They are like artwork!

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  14. Sharon’s avatar

    Looks fantastic!! I have been to Mistral and love the tenderloin pizza so yummy with the truffle oil!!

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