Sometimes you can have a dining experience that is “of the moment”. Perhaps the experience is as much to do with how you are feeling, the person you are with, than it is about the place itself or the food that you eat. Expectant return therefore can be a singular disappointment.
Last year my wife and I visited both Boston and Deuxave for the first time. My review of Deuxave was unsurprisingly entitled “Faultless” but actually captured in a word our feelings about both. In deciding to return this year (and only a short few weeks ago) we were anxious to re-live that experience and discover whether or not last year’s visit had been one of those ”of the moment” events.
Anxious not to miss out, I attempted at the turn of January of this year – more than 5 months before our visit – to make reservations via Open Table. That far out from the date, of course, there was no chance. Having been so impressed first time around I was determined nevertheless not to be disappointed by not securing specific reservations. I therefore e-mailed Deuxave directly.
I received a most welcome response from the General Manager, Mr. Jason Irving himself, personally securing our reservations. Yes, that’s right reservations – plural. We booked for both of the Saturday evenings of our vacation. I was delighted and took this as an early indication that we would again enjoy wonderfully romantic evenings, good food, wine in an equally wonderful setting with tremendous service.
We arrived in Boston, Friday 24th May which was but a short time following that cruel and tragic event inflicted upon the citizens of that beautiful City. We found the City as vital, energetic and as open and welcoming as ever.
To get down to details now however....
We arrived deliberately early on both of our evenings in order to enjoy one of Deuxave’s delicious cocktails before dining (can I recommend the Playa Piccante). We received a genuinely warm welcome. When shown to our table, without doubt it had to be one of, if not the best table in the restaurant. I’m telling you all of this because it is important to set the scene and acknowledge that the environment, the ambience of the place is vitally important in the enjoyment of the meal.
Upon being seated and choosing our wine (on both occasions we went for one of the many impressive Italian Reds – the wine selection is excellent), we were also served an amuse-bouche.
We selected our choices:
To start, a Melange of Heirloom Beets and the Crispy Duck Confit
Entrees, Pan Seared East Coast Halibut and New York Strip of Beef
Dessert, Bittersweet Chocolate Royale and the Assortment of Glace and Sorbet
Entrees, Pan Seared East Coast Halibut and Spiced Long Island Duck Breast
Dessert, we both chose the Assortment of Glace and Sorbet
On both occasions each course was a triumph and as we settled into a comfortable and relaxed state, conversing whilst enjoying the wonderful food, our table provided an intimacy that allowed us also to absorb the unintrusive background noises of this lively and hugely popular restaurant. We had the enormous pleasure of meeting Mr. Irving and being able personally not just to offer our thanks but also our congratulations. The service was excellent, knowledgeable, attentive, and personal but at no point did it intrude.
Being entirely objective, over the 10 days of our vacation we enjoyed some wonderful food in some excellent restaurants. This however, undoubtedly, was the best. It is not surprising and not without justification that Deuxave consistently appears in any list of top Boston restaurants. If you roll together total quality, consistency and ambience, this has to be number 1. Both of our evenings delivered superb dining experiences that have since become the stuff of wonderful holiday memories.
To conclude, in choosing the title of my original review , “Faultless” was perhaps a reaction to a superb first time experience. Having revisited Deuxave not once, but twice on our last visit, I congratulate myself that in having chosen it I have firmly and squarely, as we say here; hit the nail on the head. So, if you’re in Boston... please...don’t miss out, give yourself an absolute treat.
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