Last month, my boyfriend and I put on our fancy clothes to go out for a fancy date night at a place priced a little fancier than our typical meals. It was Boston Restaurant Week, and for $33.12, you score a three-course meal at the kind of place that cleans up the crumbs on your tablecloth between courses.
The Mistral (223 Columbus Ave., Boston, MA), with its clean white walls, high ceilings, and tall windows, has an air of relaxed sophistication. Our meal started with a sourdough loaf that was nicely crusty on the outside while soft on the inside. Unfortunately, most Boston-area restaurants don’t seem to believe in warm bread. So the loaf was served at room temperature, but with a yummy garlic-hummus spread as well as butter.
As an appetizer, the bf had the chilled corn and avocado chowder. It was deliciously creamy, with a good-sized lump of crab meat at the center. Refreshing.
My salmon tartare was served on an avocado “salad” – finely chopped avocado with cilantro – and served with a light soy vinaigrette. The presentation was elegant, but there was too much vinaigrette, overpowering the delicate flavor of the raw salmon.
Bf’s steak (not pictured) was perfectly cooked – melt-in-your mouth perfect!
I had the Scottish grilled salmon Niçoise (below, shown with a shared side of garlic spinach). The salmon was served with its crispy skin. I usually don’t enjoy salmon skin, but this was delicious. The fish flaked apart nicely on my fork. A bed of French beans, tiny white and purple potatoes, and red onion made this entree complete. Throughout our meal, we had attentive service even though the staff was very busy – Because of Restaurant Week, the place was completely full.
Dessert was a Devil’s food cake with subtle pistachio ice cream, cherry sauce, and a delicate pistachio biscotti crisp on top. The cake itself was not as moist as I would have liked, but the chocolate flavour paired well with the ice cream. I enjoyed my cake with Earl grey tea loose leaf, which arrived in a French press, served with warmed milk!
Final Word: We had a wonderful dining experience at The Mistral, with beautifully plated food and great service. Definitely recommended for date night!