Menton Boston: A little disappointing Mother’s Day Brunch

To celebrate our move into our permanent apartment in Boston, I made a reservation at this restaurant in our neighborhood, Boston Seaport.

Here’s a look back at the experience.

The concept

The concept is quite simple, since it’s a French-inspired gourmet restaurant. The restaurant is listed in the Relais et Chateaux guide, and could well be Michelin-starred.

The setting

The setting is fairly minimalist, with an elegant yet industrial-inspired dining room. There was a pleasant aroma, as the establishment uses Le Labo pine candles.

The menu

On this Mother’s Day in the United States, the restaurant only offered a single menu, namely brunch.

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I’m not a big fan of brunches, but this one looked attractive on paper. The tasting menus available outside the restaurant were also appealing, and we would probably be back for a “classic meal”.

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The tasting menu displayed outside looked appealing

The meal and the dishes

To start the meal, I started with a cocktail with orgeat syrup, which was delicious.

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As a first course, I chose the strawberry yoghurt parfait, which was light and succulent.

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Since no viennoiserie iswasserved, we asked for bread and croissants, which were excellent, and were brought to us with no less excellent butter.

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For the next course, I had the cooled poached egg with lobster, which was very fresh.

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As a third course, I chose the cheese soufflé, which was truly disgusting. I ate two bites and was not able to finish the rest.

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To finish, I had the Basque cheesecake, which was good but I was really not hungry anymore.

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It’s worth noting that my wife found portions rather small, and left still hungry. This is not really normal for a restaurant of this type.

The service

I have to say that I was a little disappointed by the service. For a Relais et Châteaux restaurant, you’d expect more refined, polished service.

The atmosphere

The atmosphere was rather good and calm, but only a few tables were occupied.

Bottom line

A mixed experience. While some dishes were very good, others were definitely not. Service also lacking, but we’ll put that down to the fact that the menu on offer is a brunch. We’ll be back on another occasion.

Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier Delestre-Levai
Olivier has been into airline blogging since 2010. First a major contributor to the FlyerTalk forum, he created the FlyerPlan website in July 2012, and writes articles with a major echo among airline specialists. He now co-runs the TravelGuys blog with Bertrand, focusing on travel experience and loyalty programs.
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