Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tasty of Tastiness - A meal with a skyview

There are always a couple of memorable meals that stand out in anyone's life. Whether it's a birthday you had when you were little, or a Thanksgiving dinner with family, a dinner at a restaurant, a seven course tasting menu, what have you.

Sunday night, I went to the Top of the Hub with my family to celebrate my father's birthday. One of the awesome things about this restaurant is that it's near the top of a skyscraper looking out over the lights of Boston. We watched the moon rise yellow over the lights (and man did it look as huge as a half skyscraper). They had live music piped through the speakers and very attentive wait staff.

And the awesomeness extended to the menu. Everything I ate was absolutely scrumptious. Here's the deets:

Beringer Merlot (with a hint of cherry, cocoa, and allspice - and yes, I read that on the bottle, I'm not quite that good to identify all by taste. It did have the best legs of any wine I think I've ever had.)
Spinach salad with pear, walnuts, balsamic reduction vinaigrette, and goat cheese
Lobster bisque (I just had a taste of this, but it was super yummy)
Lobster mac and cheese with truffle oil (mmmmmmm is all I have to say about that)
Date pudding with french vanilla ice cream (pudding being more like a spice cake. I almost got the creme brule, but figured that, while it would've been awesome too, I can get creme brule at a number of places. But how often do you see date pudding on a menu?)

I had some of the mac and cheese left over, and just finished it off for dinner. It's the best meal I've had in a long time. I don't have the recipe to share (maybe I should try to figure out what was in it and give it a shot).

What's the best meal you've had? I had another meal in Bruges, Belgium that was incredible - scallop with truffles, pigeon for entree, then french toast with pineapple and cracked black pepper for dessert (spicy and sweet at the same time).


Charlotte said...

My fave meal ever was in Milan Italy with my husband for our anniversary! We ate... okay it was just a salad but apparently location is everything!!

Romny said...

I'm still craving that Gnochi we had in NY with Kim.

The Lethological Gourmet said...

Oooh, Romny, that WAS a good meal in NYC! I can't remember what exactly I had...I think it was some kind of shrimp risotto, but it was awesome. And the waiter was awesome too, for bringing me a free digestif since you guys ordered them.

Charlotte, location is everything! Food can be so much better just depending on where you are. Part of that might be how the food is grown (with or without chemicals, grass or corn fed, that kind of thing). I've tried to make the tomato sauce my host mother in France made, and I have her recipe, but it's just not quite the same without the same food.

Anonymous said...

For those of us who are beefeaters--Capital Grille does a special filet with grilled scallops on top, and then doused in a merlot butter. They do everything incredibly well, as far as I'm concerned, but this was by far my favorite.

That and mango sorbet from Finale--it makes time stop.


The Lethological Gourmet said...

Ooooh, merlot butter sounds absolutely fantastic! I'll have to look that place up!