Christmas Eve 2009 at L’Espalier

I have been anxiously awaiting Christmas Eve to arrive for awhile now, aside from the highly anticipated company, I had planned to dine at my favorite restaurant in Boston, L’Espalier… you guys remember reading about me dining there earlier this year at Chef’s Table, but I find every meal I have there is an unique experience/event of it’s own.

Why we were a half hour late to the restaurant….

Oh L’Espalier

Frank McClelland
Chef and Proprieter

James Hackney
Chef de Cuisine

Jiho Kim
Pastry Chef

Prix Fixe with the Vintner’s Tasting

After being greeted with the loveable Chris Barr [@jasebarr] we sat at a corner table and he gave us a complimentary glass of Laurent – Perrier, Brut, Champagne yay for bubbly…

[btw shouts to our awesome waitress, Caitlin!!!]

H’ors d’Oeuvres

Goat Cheese Puffs… the cheese was so light but fragrant… and the Smoked Salmon bites was so tiny and perfectly layered. Delish!

Since the Laurent-Perrier was what they were supposed to give us…. they gave us this Westport River.. it was a rich gold and a more subtle carbonation to it.

Amuse Bouche

Lobster and Main Shrimp Terrine with American Caviar, Cucumber and Citrus Salad.

First Course
2006 Alex Gambal, “Cuvée L’Espalier”, Burgandy

Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche with Fresh Hearts of Palm, Uni and Wild Trout Roe; Lychee and Chili Emulsion

The perfect bite…

Roasted Hudson Valley Foie Gras with Sunchoke Velouté and Pickled Cauliflower

We both agreed that this was THE dish of the night. You can never go wrong with good foie. This was a huuuuge slab of seared foie… on a bed of sunchoke veloute… a little crisp, some red onion, and the star component… the pickled curry cauliflower. All the flavors and textures combined enhanced the silky smooth foie even more.

Second Course
2006 Chateau de Puligny-Montrachet, Monthelie, Burgandy

Seared Hawaiian Escolar with Bouillabaisse Sauce and Saffron Rouille

The crostini made it all. I loved the different layers of tastes and textures….

Third Course
2007 Murrieta’s Well, Meritage, Livercomre Valley

Slow Roasted Organic Goose with Red Current and Ginger, Fried Oyster Mushrooms and Pickled Daikon

I never thought I could enjoy goose anywhere as much as in Taiwan… but this was tender and delicious. So juicy and flavorful… I think goose is succulent like duck but feels lighter and smoother like chicken. MMM… they were atop green beans and oxtails… sooooooooo freaking good.

Painted Hills Beef Tenderloin with Braised Short Ribs, Pommes Puree and Glazed Baby Root Vegetables

Grand Formage
Offley, 10 Year Tawny Port

Apricots, Candied Walnuts, Honey&Pinenuts

Cheese List —
Bucheron, Goat, Loire Valley, France
Pawlett, Consider Bordwell Farm, VT
Colorouge, Mouco Creamery, Fort Collins, CO
Tarantaise, Spring Brook Farm, Reading, VT
Stilton Colston-Bassett Dairy, England

Apricot Apple Sorbet and Chevre Cheese Tart

Jiho’s most amazing creations!!!!! He is so effing brilliant :]

Dehydrated apple that you crumble up like granola in the sorbet.

Holiday Dessert Tasting
2008 Banfi, “Rosa Regale”, Brachetto D’Acqui, Italy

The most delicious intense fruit cake ever. With whiskey caviar…

Later we both got some coffees and got even more yummies….

These were the NO2 treats similar to last time :]

Nom nom nom nom nommmmmmmm :9

Ok my descriptions for the desserts are kind of blurred since by then I was pretty buzzed…. We ended the night visiting my lovely Sean nearby :]

Another absolutely brilliant time and another great memory etched into my life. If you’re ever in Boston, you MUST pay this place a visit. If anything, let me know and I’ll take you :] Their tea time is my absolute favorite!!!! I’m planning on making a trip for that soon too (when I’m back in Boston after the New Years) ^_^


  1. ooooo~ let’s go when i’m there in march! =D


  2. thanks you got really “nice” pictures of me hahaahahah.

    If i were to ever be executed that would be my order for a last meal. Everything had brilliant textures, complimentary tastes i will never forget this experience. Thank u.


    • misstiffie says:

      hahahaha omg you should see the ones i didnt post…. well no, you shouldnt…. there was a lot of horribly drunken us ones hahahaha


  3. omg tiffie that looks sooo good. what a wonderful christmas eve feast.





  1. […] since I’ve had Per Se and one of my favorite restaurants in Boston is L’Espalier and all… but this was kinda subpar, okay not subpar, it was decent, good but not amazing…. […]


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