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Aura at the
Seaport Hotel
Boston

Reviewed by:
Kellie K. Speed,
Restaurant Reviewer

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Boston has so many commercial projects going on now from the infamous Big Dig to the development of hotels on the waterfront. One of the most recent developments, a new hotel at the World Trade Center, has drawn much attention.

When it opened in May, the Seaport Hotel's restaurant, Aura, immediately established a fine reputation and rightfully so. Chef Ed Doyle offers the freshest New England ingredients and combines the many flavors of European, American and Asian flairs.

This four-star restaurant offers an inviting and cozy atmosphere with classic entrees. Our server was attentive to us but respected each guest's privacy. Be sure to check out the wine list where you can select from more than 100 reasonably priced bottles.

"We may be in a hotel," Doyle said, "but I don't think you can call this a hotel restaurant. The room itself is very open, and the mixture of colors and different pieces of art really sets a tone o the kind of casual elegance that [I] was hoping for."
Doyle is just one of a few urban area chefs in the country who participates in a composting program. When fruits and vegetables go unused in the kitchen, it is composted and the resulting mulch is given back to farms or put in Aura's own garden.

We sampled the Nesemleag farm greens and truffled vinaigrette and baby tomatoes ($8). The salad was crisp and one of the freshest we have sampled. The roasted lobster and chanterelle risotto with chive oil ($13) was divine. This selection was served warm and was light yet creamy.
Entrees were intricately prepared. The grilled giant sea scallops, both tender and flavorful, were served with lobster mushrooms, sweet corn and heirloom tomatoes ($26). The roasted tenderloin of beef, a juicy cut, was served with a hickory roast beef charlotte, grilled corn and beans ($29). Other entrees included pan seared halibut ($27), seared veal tenderloin ($29) and rack and loin of lamb ($30) although the main focus here is seafood.

Don't forget to save room for Pastry Chef Carrie Cole's desserts. Indulge in the chocolate tasting, an assortment of hot and cold chocolate desserts. The signature dessert, the Aura Carousel ($11), looked too good to eat. The carousel was an assortment of four different sorbets, complete with cookies in the shape of animals and topped with three sauces.
Aura was the perfect place to go for a reasonably priced dinner before a night on the town.

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Aura at the Seaport Hotel
One Seaport Lane
Boston, Massachusetts

Phone: 617-385-4300

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Kellie K. Speed is a freelance travel writer and restaurant reviewer. Her features have been published in various publications including The Boston Globe, Cahnersí 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.

If you would like to email Kellie any suggestions or comments, please do so at kkspeed@aol.com.

 

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