Troquet is a little foodie haven right on the Boston Common. In French, “troquet” is slang for a little wine bistro. Here, it’s a restaurant with high-end food and a well-priced wine connisseur’s list. The wine list is reasonably priced and they even offer 2 or 4 ounce pours, by the glass or bottle.
When you walk inside, the first floor is the small, intimate bar and Le Patissier, a desserterie. The second floor is the elegant-but-not-pretentious dining area and where the open kitchen, by the stairs, is located. There are large windows that provide a great view of the Boston Common, near the historical graveyard. The space does not feel very cozy or romantic, but it is very sleek.
Yellowfin Tuna Tartare with ginger, scallions, taro crisps, & green apple wasabi granite for $19. I liked this, but I did not love it. I wanted to love it but couldn’t because I could tell the taro crisp taco shell must have been made ahead since it was not as crunchy as freshly made ones would have been. The tuna tartare however was wonderful and I could have eaten a bowl by myself.
Painted Hills Beef Rib-Eye with potato crepe gratin, glazed baby carrots, cipollini, & bordelaise sauce for $40. Rib-eye is one of the more fattier cuts of meat that we like to eat occasionally. This one was delicious with no exceptions. The bordelaise sauce added the perfect amount of depth to the meaty, tender steak.
I adore lamb. Especially grass-fed locally grown Vermont lamb. It was slow-roasted and cooked to a perfect just-right pink. The figs lent it’s sweetness to the savory gamey meat in a lovely way. The pearl barley made a nice side that was somewhat rich but complimented the dish.
My dining companion was far too full to order from the dessert menu this night. Even so, the waitstaff went above and beyond by taking the time to inscribe Happy Birthday on the complementary truffle tray.
The food at Troquet is superb, fresh and creative without being fussy. The wine pairings were excellent. Service was friendly, efficient, and the timing of the meal was impeccable. It’s a great place to explore wines and food as well as one of the few places in Boston that serves up lamb bacon.