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Sel de la Terre

By: Kellie K. Speed, Travel Writer

Sel de la Terre by Kellie Speed At the heart of Boston's Big Dig project and adjacent to the New England Aquarium lies Chef Frank McClelland's newest creation, Sel de la Terre. The sister restaurant of L'Espalier, the only five diamond restaurant in the city, Sel de la Terre (Salt of the Earth) offers wonderful food at reasonable prices.

Geoff Gardner, executive chef of Sel de la Terre, came to the restaurant after a long debut as L'Espalier's sous chef. His innovative creations at his newest restaurant are full of flavor in moderate size portions.

The Provencal waterfront restaurant offers a warm setting - the terra cotta saul terre figurines, a stone floor and bleached white beams 9offer a unique interior design. Each mahogany table is simply decorated, allowing the natural beauty of the wood to shine.

Adjacent to the main entrance to the restaurant is Sel de la Terre's storefront boulangerie. Offering the restaurant's infamous breads, fromages, teas, coffees and cappuccinos, the boutique shop offers these items for take-out.

The kitchen hosts temperature-controlled cheese drawers, which allows select cheeses to age naturally. Wines are chilled in custom racks while the signature breads, including black olive, sweet potato, rye, country white, peach, sourdough and herb, are baked in the professional ovens.

The delicious first courses are designed to tempt the taste buds. We tried the roast shallots and garlic confit to complement our bread. We also sampled the French olive assortment, which was very tasty.

The grilled prosciutto and sausage appetizer (58) was an unusual treat. The sautéed sea scallops ($8) were deliciously fresh and sweet.

Because Sel de la Terre is located adjacent to Legal Sea Foods, the emphasis here is on the beef selections instead of the seafood. The grilled peppered beef sirloin was served with roasted garlic and was extremely tender and juicy.

Geoff Gardner's attention to detail did not end at the entrees. The chocolate mocha cake and coconut pastry with vanilla bean ice cream were truly decadent.

One major reason this restaurant will become such a success is its appealing uniform prices - $8 for appetizers, $21 for main entrees and $7 for desserts.

The staff of Sel de la Terre pay extreme attention to detail. It is clear this restaurant will soon become the most popular eatery on Boston's waterfront.

Sel de la Terre
255 State Street
Boston, MA 02109

Phone: 617-720-1300
Fax: 617-227-1579

Hours: Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Dinner: Mon-Sun 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Brunch: Sun 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

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Kellie K. Speed - Click to Enlarge

Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahners’ Industrial Distribution and Graphic Arts Monthly magazines and Reno Air Approach.

Kellie has reviewed numerous first-class hotels and travel destinations, including Hawaii, California, Arizona, Bermuda and Mexico, to name a few. She has also traveled internationally to Ireland, England, France, Germany, Belgium and the Czech Republic. Next year, she is planning a trip to Tahiti.

Since she is from Massachusetts, she will be providing reviews of local restaurants for Travel-Watch.

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