We were lucky to visit on a slow Saturday night. The room is beautiful with large windows facing the seaport and a view of the Boston Tea Party Museum. There is technically no bar inside the restaurant, but RumBar is next door and there’s another space right near it for pre-dinner drinks. Miel has a full bar and great wine list, but it’s table service only. If you’re someone who likes to hang out or eat at the bar, this isn’t the place for you. The have a separate private dining room as well.
The atmosphere is lovely, however, could use some dinner music. The techno music from the bar next door was too loud and didn’t go with the Provence vibe of the dining room.
Our server, Michael, was attentive and on his game making excellent recommendations and being very personable. Nice crusty bread was served with quality olive oil. Herbs would have been a nice accompaniment and being French, butter should also be offered. I’m sure you could ask for it.
We each had a lovely glass of wine from the list of quality offerings. We started with the Escargot Vol at Vent ($17) which was hearty and larger than expected, deliciously highlighted with wild mushrooms and freshly sautéed spinach in cream on a puff pastry. I’d go back for that alone. And not share. Not one bite.
I had the Jumbo Scallops ($33). FIVE large scallops, seared perfectly and perched delicately atop jumbo lump crab chunks in a creamy black truffle and leek risotto. Fantastic!
My fellow diner had the Braised Lamb Shank, which was hearty and fall-off-the-bone tender, served with sweet potato gnocchi, fava beans, sage jus and what sounded weird to me: “pickled cranberries” which were actually awesome and added a lot to the dish.
The menu has something for everyone, with vegan options and sides that sound amazing. One table next to us got the Truffle Frites and could stop raving about them.
I was disappointed a bit in the dessert selections. Nothing French in the menu here. It was sad. “Seasonal Cheesecake” was pumpkin. Pumpkin in February in Boston? Maybe it was left over in the freezer from last season. Another offering was Chocolate Lava Cake. Hrrrmmmpppfff. Restauranteurs, take note: STOP. Just stop. Chocolate Lava Cake is so overused. Domino’s Pizza has one for Pete’s sake. At least try another flavor other than chocolate. Another offering was Apple Crisp, which we declined and opted for the Triple Gelato. It was a decent sized scoop of Vanilla (mostly tasteless), Amaretto and Espresso, which were good, but not memorable.
You are a French restaurant. Where are the epic desserts? Macarons, soufflé, crepes or even creme brûlée? Nothing? Shame! It could have and should have been attempted to have something resembling a real French dessert. If you had renamed your Lava cake a “petit gateau”, at least it would have shown you cared and tried.
Dinner came to a total of $134 without tip. It was lovely, with those few exceptions. See photos.
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