Every weekend from 2 to 3:30 p.m., L’Espalier offers its Fantasy Tea service; but during the holidays, the Four-Star restaurant brings out its Holiday Tea menus. With so many theatregoers out and about, stopping for tea and light bites is the perfect pre-show experience. Among the most popular of the holiday menus are the indulgent The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg and the kid-friendly Make Way for Ducklings. Take a look:
The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg American Paddlefish (ounce 60; half ounce 35) Siberian Sturgeon (ounce 175; half ounce 90) White Sturgeon (ounce 190; half ounce 100) German Osetra (ounce 240; half ounce 125) Apple Street Farm eggs; scrambled with blinis Glass of Champagne, Laurent-Perrier 18.00
Make Way for Ducklings Petit fours, pastries and tea ($27), including: Panna cotta Citrus scone Cranberry apple scone Tiramisu Blood orange passion fruit gâteau Pâte à choux swans with espresso chantilly Banana chocolate trifle L’Espalier chef Frank McClelland grew up having tea with his grandparent’s on their gentleman’s farm in New Hampshire, and since then he has brought the tradition of tea, light bites and conversation to L’Espalier. This Boston eatery takes its tea seriously — it’s one of the few restaurants in the country to have its own tea sommelier. Cynthia Gold takes this title and makes custom blends from all over the world exclusively for L’Espalier. On their regular Fantasy Tea menu is the Little Red Riding Hood’s Basket with tea sandwiches such as Scottish smoked salmon with crème fraîche and American caviar, along with the roasted chicken walnut salad with fall spices and apricot jam, and pastries and tea ($36). There’s also the ever-popular Three Blind Mice menu, which comes with an assortment of cheeses from L’Espalier’s award-winning cheese tray ($30).
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