I know that I promised to post more pictures of the holiday cookies that I’ve been working on but I just couldn’t resist sharing some photos from the amazing and delicious dinner that we had last night at L’Espalier. Justin and I have a tradition to go out to to a nice restaurant for dinner one night before Christmas for what we call our “Annual Christmas Dinner”, which is a chance for us to relax and enjoy some time together before going home to spend time with our (large) family for Christmas. I was thrilled when Justin suggested that we have our dinner at L’Espalier this year as I’d been hoping for a chance to eat there again! Unfortunately I didn’t realize until we were home that I should have written down the exact names of the dishes that we enjoyed, but I’ll try remember them as best as possible. To start I had Assiette of Roasted Beets with warm goat cheese and Justin enjoyed the Seared Yellow-fin Tuna with hearts of palm, crepe, and grapefruit.
For our main course I ordered the whole Maine lobster with roasted fingerling potatoes, chorizo, and braised kale. The lobster was absolutely delicious and possibly the best I’ve ever had as it was sweet and perfectly complemented by the herb drawn butter which it was served with. Justin ordered the Herbed Loin of Lamb served with brown butter gnocchi and parsnips three ways. He loved it and I tried a nibble and also thought that it was cooked perfectly as it was very flavorful and tender.
Next, we were served a plate of warm cookies as a treat which I thought was so sweet!! They were all great and I really loved the chocolate chip and coconut macaroon. Even though we were getting really full we decided to order the cheese course because L’Espalier has an amazing selection of cheeses and we knew that we would have regretted not enjoying some. The cheese second from left on the plate is my absolute FAVORITE cheese ever! It’s a 5-year aged Gouda from Holland with a sweet caramel flavor and interestingly enough I was first introduced to it at L’Espalier about a year and a half ago. Even though we didn’t manage to finish the cookies and cheese course they made a delicious breakfast this morning!
For dessert I ordered the Poached Chocolate Decadence and Justin had the White Chocolate with curried apples and coconut lime sorbet. I had been looking forward to trying some of Jiho Kim’s creations for a while now as I have been reading a lot about him recently and have seen so many pictures online of his mouth-watering desserts. I was definitely not disappointed!! Both desserts were completely delicious and I wish that I could do them more justice by remembering more of the elements on each plate.
If you’re in the Boston area and have never tried L’Espalier I would highly recommend it for a special occasion as the ambiance is very calming, romantic, and intimate. I can’t wait to have another reason to eat there…maybe to celebrate our birthdays in February