While butternut squash soup may generally be associated with the fall foliage and Thanksgiving season, its place on the menus of multiple Boston restaurants makes it a winter must-have, as well. Our first squash stop is Audubon Circle, the lovely and understated bar and restaurant located not far from the hustle of Kenmore Square. Contemporary in decor and equally as inventive with its menu, Audubon Circle offers a delicious roasted butternut squash soup with apples and sage. With a lively bar scene and diverse crowd, the Audubon is a perfect place for a night out without heading all the way downtown.
The new Mandarin Oriental Hotel is home to Asana, where executive chef Nicolas Boutin has freshly arrived after a stint at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong. While many of his dishes have an Asian twist to them, Boutin keeps a traditional butternut squash soup on the menu flavored with hazelnut and parmesan cream. Note: If guests really want to get up close and personal with Boutin, reserve the ultra-exclusive chef’s table. It seats 8 people and gives a first-hand view of this culinary craftsman at work.
Last squash stop is Boston restaurant royalty: Top of the Hub. A perfect escape from the frigid outdoors, take the Prudential Center’s elevator to the sky and enjoy a unbeatable view of the entire city. While you’re there, order the butternut squash and apple soup, topped off with a delicious dollop of cinnamon cream. It may not be autumn anymore, but thanks to these delicious menus, you can continue to indulge in its flavors all year long.
[Photo: Dr. Vino]