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Market by Jean-Georges – restaurant review

November 1st, 2010 · 12 Comments · Boston, restaurant reviews

On Friday night, Adam and I decided to go on a date. We realized it’s been a while and that just had to be remedied! I looked up a few spots from our ever-growing must go-to restaurant list and was able to snatch a reservation at Market. It’s located in the super trendy W Hotel and exemplifies “our” kind of place – modern and cool with the menu that emphasizes fresh and locally produced ingredients. The tuna tartare with avocado cream and ginger from Market was actually my favorite thing at Taste of the Nation where I tasted dozens of dishes from Boston’s best restaurants. That definitely set up some high expectations!

Our reservation was for 7:15 and the restaurant was not very busy (the bar area was much more active). By the end of our meal, the place was buzzing. It was a really good vibe!

We started with a bread basket and butter. I had a few bites of this guy in the front. The bread was completely generic which is a bit disappointing. I think this is an easy way to score points with guests but I guess they focus on their strengths.

Our drink of choice (medium-bodied, with a pretty complex flavor profile). I loved it! :)

For the appetizer portion I chose the salmon sashimi (with golden garlic, lemon and soy)

It was buttery, citrusy and light. The garlic/lemon crumb added a strong punch of flavor. Fantastic!

Adam wanted to try one of their appetizer pizzas and we agreed on the Maine lobster pizza (three cheeses, lemon juice and olive oil). I made sure to steal a slice 😉

The crust was delicious and there were big lobster chunks. Even the chives sprinkled for decoration didn’t bother me. So far so good :)

For my entree, I wanted something light; I was also craving seafood. When the waitress told us about the fish special red snapper with golden beets, toddler carrots, parsnip crisps and bacon vinaigrette (and assured me that it was not not heavy) I decided to give it a go.

The bacon vinaigrette was drizzled table-side, which made for a nice presentation. But the presentation wasn’t the best part – this was so so SO delicious. The red snapper skin was perfectly crispy, the carrots were tender yet firm, sweet and flavorful (I believe the waitress mentioned that they were braised in white wine and citrus). The parsnip fritters we really fun as well. But the best part was the bacon vinaigrette. I just LOVED the balance of this smokey and lemony vinaigrette. It coated every parcel of each bite and brightened it. I seriously want to buy the stuff and use it on everything I make! As I was eating this meal, I couldn’t stop saying how amazing it was. And then I made the most serious statement of all – I think this is the best entree I’ve ever had! In all honesty, there may have been others but days later I can’t quite remember anything this good. I can recall a few contenders but their exact flavor profiles escape me (I just remember they were good) so I’m going to stick with Market’s red snapper taking the #1 spot for now.

I was so happy with my meal that dessert seemed unnecessary (yes, miracles do exist!). I cannot wait to go back to Market. There are so many amazing restaurants in the Boston area that I have yet to try but with a review like this, I am sure we’ll be back here soon!!

What was the best entree you’ve ever had?


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12 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - christina

    wow. everything about this meal is right up my alley. i especially love the fish special. LOVE beets!

  • #2 - Megan

    I love that lobster pizza there and the tuna tartare. I’m glad you had a good time. I don’t think I could ever choose a favorite entree!

  • #3 - MelissaNibbles

    That lobster pizza looks great. So glad you had an amazing meal as well! I don’t think I could name just one favorite entree…maybe the mac and cheese at Stephanies?

  • #4 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Ooooh what a fantastic meal! I could feel your enthusiasm jumping off the page and it’s making me want to make reservations at Market ASAP! 😉

    Hmmm that is a hard question on the best entree I’ve ever had, but the first one that popped in my head was the calves liver entree I had in Venice in June, which was utterly delightful. I love memorable meals.

  • #5 - Michelle

    I’ve done the tasting menu there and while I love the food at Market, their service (way too many waiters standing around) leaves a lot to be desired. Glad you had a great meal there though!

  • #6 - Emily

    I don’t think I could narrow my favorite eats to a single entree… but that lobster pizza looks pretty amazing. I’ve never been to Market but it looks spectacular!

  • #7 - Katie @ The Small Boston Kitchen

    Glad you had fun! Sounds like you really enjoyed the meal and had a great night out. Good for you!

  • #8 - Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    Whoa! That IS a serious statement. I trust you though because of how critical you usually are!

    It’s really hard to say what my favorite entree ever has been. I remember the at a great little Italian place I had mussels in a white wine sauce and it was one of the most incredible things I’ve ever eaten.

  • #9 - Kerstin

    Wow, what a statement, definitely adding this place to our list to try :) A bacon vinaigrette certainly does sound amazing!

  • #10 - Shannon

    omg, i need to get there asap!! love that entree :)

  • #11 - Daisy

    I feel the same enthusiasm for Market. everything I’ve ate there is phenominal. brunch is a safe bet, and its nice to be in the restuarant when its brightly lit and serene.

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