Mistral has been in business for almost 20 years, which speaks volumes to its quality and reputation for exceptional dining experiences. That being said, when I hear people tell me that this is their favorite restaurant in Boston and for some their favorite in the world, I cry a little tear on the inside for them. Mistral is a VERY GOOD restaurant, but it is not quite great and there are a several other options in Boston which I would consider to be better. I took my wife here for her birthday and we both agreed that it was very good, but given the prices it didn't really wow us....
We started with a special appetizer, salmon tartare with an avocado salad base. It was very good. My wife got the halibut for her main course and was a little underwhelmed by the lack of flavor. Although it tasted good, there wasn't enough going on to make it a very dynamic dish. I had the sirloin, which was also really really good, but not the best steak I've ever had. Actually one of the best steaks I've ever had was at Mistral's sister restaurant, Mooo. The sirloin here looked like the exact same cut of meat that I got at Mooo, but the French style of cooking/seasoning just didn't hit the same magic meat spot for me.
I had the chocolate cake for dessert which was great. My wife had the carrot cake which was a little over spiced for her. I thought the carrot cake was good, but given the use of spice I could understand how someone might be disappointed if they were expecting a traditional carrot cake.
The service was attentive and generally pretty solid. They weren't too overbearing and we never found ourselves waiting/wanting for anything except for wine when my wife couldn't find the right wine to pair with her halibut (go with the gruner).
We had a full meal here: 1 app, 2 entrees, 2 desserts, 2 wines each and one port each. Our tab came out to $220. You don't have to spend $200 here if you don't want to. We're thinking of coming back again to have a salad each and split an entree (I'm sure our waiter will love that).....
PRO TIP: #1. If you are having a special meal here, request a corner table. #2. If you live or are staying in Boston proper call ahead to request their "complimentary" car service (you still should tip the driver).
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