Friday, September 16, 2011
Chocolate Bar At The Langham
We were recently guests at The Langham Boston, invited to sample their Chocolate Bar and Sunday Brunch menu items and sip cocktails in one of Boston's most elegant settings. The legendary Chocolate Bar kicked off it's 23rd season on September 10th. It's held every Saturday from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM and runs through June 30, 2012. Reservations highly recommended. Impressive date ideas anyone? This is a guaranteed winner! Before the food we had a tour of The Langham which originally was a Federal Reserve Bank. Here we are enjoying the view from the Dom Perignon VIP Lounge, which overlooks the sprawling hotel's restaurant, BOND.
We dined in what was the Bank President's office, a large room dripping with gold gilding, life-size murals and the centerpiece, a very photographable feast, as we chatted with Chefs Jed Hackney (Executive Pastry Chef) and Michael Yaffe (Sous Chef).
We began with the Cupcake Martini: Svedka Vodka, Navan Vanilla and Godiva Dark Chocolate Liqueur. Our favorite, however, was the Chocolate Decadence Martini: Svedka Raspberry Vodka, Godiva Milk & Dark Chocolate Liqueur and Frangelico.
The House Smoked, Maple Cured Atlantic Salmon Terrine With New England Horseradish And Cracker. Regular readers know that salmon is my favorite food and this was an amazingly delicious rendition of it. Loved it.
The Lobster Salad Cocktail
Mikal enjoying the Lobster Salad Cocktail with his cocktail. This was his favorite dish.
New England Cheese Pie, Crimson Grapes and Spiced, Honey Roasted Pecans. A quiche by any other name is still a delicious quiche and this was very well done.
The amazing Jivara Chocolate Powder Spoon. Mikal was hesitant to try this, thinking it would be dry and coarse. When I explained how to eat it (place the entire spoon in your mouth in one bite) and that it would liquefy the instant it hit your tongue, he was more than game. He loved the way it turned to a gel with a burst of chocolate flavor.
The Caramel Pistachio Mousse Torte. This was my absolute favorite taste on the sweet menu even though it wasn't technically chocolate.
Chicken And Goat Cheese Ballontine With Late Harvest Corn Relish. Very nice brunch menu item.
We ended our feast with this Roasted Beets With Lakes End Goat Cheese And Almond Bowl. The goat cheese may have been one of the best I've ever tasted.
The Langham Boston
250 Franklin Street
Boston, MA 02110