A friend emailed us the other day with a query. She had gotten a larger-than-expected bonus and wanted to celebrate at a restaurant that would normally be out of her budget. Where would we suggest?
One thought sprang immediately to mind. Rialto has always been our go-to grandparents-in-town-so-we’re-not-paying splurge. Start off with the Soupe De Poissons, which manages through some miracle of alchemy to be both cheesy and light at the same time. Order the Grilled Wolfe’s Neck Sirloin Steak for a main. The side salad is great, but the real attraction is the steak. Butter-soft and garnished only with a few shavings of Parmagiano Reggiano and a drizzle of truffle oil, it may be our favorite dish served anywhere in Boston. If you still have a little room in your stomach after the fish and meat onslaught, go for the selection of cheeses, which comes with almond stuffed dates.
On the other hand, maybe you should celebrate by eating your fabulous meal at an extravagant time of night. Why not try Miel, the new(ish) restaurant in the Intercontinental Boston hotel? In shocking turn of events for our Puritan City, it’s open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. I’d stick to the honey-based dishes inspired by the restaurant’s sweet name, starting with the Scallop and Roquette Salad, which is tossed with an acacia honey vinaigrette. Move along to the Duck Magret, which is roasted with lavender honey, and finish off the meal with the Creme Brûlée with its tantalizing hints of orange honey.
Really, since that bonus is so big, you should probably just take us with you.