Last week I had an awesome dinner with my friend at Explorateur, a spot that opened up in Downtown Boston at the end of the summer that I’ve been dying to check out. I’ve been so curious about it every time I’ve walked past it.
Exporateur is both a café and a restaurant — there is a coffee bar at the front of the space (they serve La Colombe!) with lots of tables, and then there are seats in the back for more formal seated dining. The restaurant serves French Cuisine — dishes like salad Niçoise, Steak Frites, a whole roasted chicken, and so much more.
When I visited with my friend we started with some of their café inspired cocktails — the Thai-rish Iced Coffee, a drink of Jameson, La Colombe coffee, and condensed coconut milk; and the Lazy River, a drink of gin, Creme de Violette, hibiscus tea, and citrus. We loved them both!
For food, we went with the Explorateur Salad, and the Tomato, Burrata & Basil flatbread.
We also tried a few of their specials for the night — a duck confit squash dish and a crudo. I have to say I think the duck confit was one of my favorites of the night. When I mentioned to our server how delicious it was he posed an excellent question — how can something not be delicious when it’s cooked in its own fat? Good point, sir!
For our main entrees, I went with the Cheeseburger and my friend went with the Pappardelle Bolognese. I thought the Cheeseburger was great — it came with Camembert cheese (one of my favorites) and was served on grilled brioche. It was exactly what I needed that night.
And we ended the evening with a wonderful honey lavender Crème Brûlée, paired with fresh berries and lemon Sablé cookies. The perfect way to end our dinner.
Check out Explorateur’s full menu here. They’re located at 186 Tremont Street in Downtown Boston.
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