Sel De La Terre, Mandarin Oriental, Back Bay, Boston

We have eaten at the Sel at the Waterfront area for Restaurant Week before, as well as the location in Natick. The service is always impeccable and you feel well cared for. In fact, at the Waterfront, I recall seeing Governor Patrick and his wife dining in the corner.

The Sel De La Terre at the Mandarin has a very warm vibe and I really enjoyed the bicycles and twinkle lights hung from the bar ceiling.  The downstairs and upstairs bar has a casual seating and a great bar menu with burgers, steak, charchuterie plates and other New England French fare.

Bicycles and twinkle lights

The bar

I had the grilled hanger steak frites with red wine-shallot reduction. The temperature was done perfectly and I really enjoy the rosemary pomme frites. In fact, everyone in my group nibbled on the fries as well. $16

Here’s another visit to Sel when we ordering at the bar. We had the SDLT burger, a grilled New England ground beef, Vermont cheddar, crispy pancetta, spicy aïoli with rosemary pommes frites $15

If beef isn’t of interest, there is a  great seared tuna and salad was fresh, well cooked and light.

An assortment of cookies, macaroons, creme brulee, apple tart and cake

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