Tasting Counter is one of the only restaurants in Boston to offer a ticketing system, which is something I'd previously only seen in other cities. You buy a ticket in advance for a set price ($55 for lunch and $150-$165 for dinner) that includes a multi-course meal, beverage pairing (wine, beer, sake, or non-alcoholic), tax, and gratuity. The lunch service is a recent addition, and I was excited to attend a luncheon hosted by the new Beverage Director, Eileen Elliott formerly of Social Wines, my favorite local wine shop. Eileen always recommended amazing wines at Social and I was excited to try her picks at Tasting Counter, which features all natural wines.
We started with a tour of the space and tasted some great new brews from Aeronaut before sitting down to lunch. Our meal started with this delicious trio of small welcoming bites.
|Welcoming Bites: fluke with sake rice, rhubarb, almond, and black olive, andocean trout with sesame and grapefruit|
Rolled Seaweed Pasta with, sea urchin, wakame
Next was a palate cleanser of Schisandra Berry Tea paired with a pine nut cookie.
|Schisandra Tea with a pine nut cookie|
|Chocolate with milk jam, preserved orange, and green tea sorbet|
Except it wasn't the end! Much like the meal began, we were presented with this delicious trio of parting morsels.
|Trio of Bonbons: malted coffee meringue | duck liver ice cream chocolate | apple chew|