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
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
"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
Email: Kellie K.
Aura at the Seaport Hotel
One Seaport Lane
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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
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
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