Boston is well-known for its diversity and
numerous ethnic restaurants. When we visited the French Meridien restaurant, we were
impressed with the beauty of its location in the heart of the city.
This formal dining room was named in honor of Boston's first
French restaurant (Julien's Restorato), which opened over 200 years ago.
Mark Sapienza has been recently appointed Executive Chef.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome Mr. Sapienza to LeMeridien Boston," said
Serge Denis, managing director of the hotel. "His culinary passion and expertise will
serve us well as we guide the hotel's renowned culinary efforts forward into the 21st
This restaurant was the former home to the Federal Reserve Bank.
The classic French menu is complete and the wine list is probably one of the most
extensive French lists in the city.
Dinner here is very unique. Picture yourself in an upscale restaurant and you will find
yourself at the Julien.
We sampled several appetizers, including large ravioli stuffed
with pea puree ($16). The light white bean soup with vinegar and clams ($11), much to my
surprise, was served cold. I would have preferred a hot bowl of soup instead.
The blue crab cocktail, on the other hand, over baby spinach salad was served with tomato
compote ($16) and was crispy and fresh.
Entrées here focus on presentation. Each one was intricately
prepared and presented.
We were going to sample the signature Prime Rib dinner for two
($60) but unfortunately, they ran out of this entrée before we arrived.
The New Zealand rack of lamb ($34) was not greasy and was served
with vegetables and garlic thyme sauce. The sautéed fillet of beef was juicy and cooked
perfectly to our liking.
We also tried the crushed potato with chives ad olive oil ($4) which was delicious but be
sure to order one sample each as the portions were small enough for each guest.
Desserts here also reflect the same focus on presentation. The
mascarpone cream over an almond sable with fresh raspberries ($9.75) was exceptional but
the warm chocolate tart served with praline ice cream ($10.75) won our hearts.
Comments: Email: Kellie K.
Julien at the Hotel Meridien
250 Franklin Street
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