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Smoked salmon, duck confit, celery salad with quail egg at L'Espalier
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Marriage proposals and six-figure deals are par for the course at chef-owner Frank McClelland's New French New England legend. Make that par for seven courses, rather: the main menu is a prix-fixe degustation, breathtaking in its creativity, scope, execution and, of course, asking price. Served in a posh, intimate brownstone by hyper-attentive waiters, it has no local equal—and the cellar wine director Erik Johnson has built is tremendous too. L'Espalier makes its home in the posh Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Venue name: L'Espalier
Address: Mandarin Oriental
774 Boylston St

Cross street: between Fairfield St and Ring Rd
Opening hours: 11.30am-2:30pm, 5.30-10:30pm Mon-Fri; noon-1:45pm, 5:30-10:30pm Sat, Sun.
Transport: Green line to Hynes Convention Center
Price: Set meal $75 (3 courses); $94 (7 courses).
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