Beauty and the Feast: Deuxave

Deuxave Boston MA Exterior

Modern French cuisine is globally revered for its ability to be artful, flavorful, and innovative on the foundation of only the best ingredients. I’m always eager to try a new place with a modern menu.  The meals are not only delicious, but they are also esthetically beautiful.  Since I’m unfortunately not in France often, it’s a personal mission to find innovative French culinary experiences locally.

Sometimes, you just want more in life than a Trader Jacques frozen appetizer.

Recently, Boston’s award-winning restaurant, Deuxave (pronounced doo-auve), dazzled me with an evening of exquisite dining. Led by Executive Chef Chris Coombs, a culinary master who is no stranger to the likes of Food Network, the menu boasts an impressive lineup of modern French fare and an equally remarkable wine selection.  Deuxave is “strongly rooted in the nouvelle techniques of contemporary French cuisine, married with the splendor of American ingredients in a refined setting,” as Coombs’ personal website describes.  You may also recognize Coomb’s name from another beloved Boston eatery, Boston Chops. Passionate about the culinary world since eleven years old, it’s no wonder that Coombs is a leading innovative fixture across the gastronomic landscape.

Deuxave Boston MA Wine Glasses

At Deuxave, the atmosphere may be refined, but the gastronomy excites.  If you’re familiar with the classic tale, Beauty and the Beast, I felt like Belle during the Be Our Guest number in Disney’s beloved cartoon adaptation.  Throughout the entire experience I was positive a debonair singing candelabra would descend from the ceiling with a troupe of cancan backup dancing utensils telling me to ‘try the foie gras because it’s delicious’.   I got the royal treatment, never without something wonderful to eat or drink in hand.  The relaxed and knowledgeable staff treated my party like we were the only people dining on a bustling Saturday night. They were attentive to our needs, offering honest advice and opinion when requested, yet yielding the necessary refreshing space, affording my table to happily converse with one another over our scrumptious fare.  Good food and conversation.  If that’s not textbook French mentality, then I forfeit my francophile card.

So, what did I have the pleasure of trying at Deuxave?  See for yourself below.

Deuxave Boston MA Starters
Starters: French Onion Soup, Chilled Carrot Soup, & Crispy Duck Confit
Deuxave Boston MA Main Course
Main Course: (Top to Bottom) Pan Seared Scallops, Duck Breast, Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts “Au Canard” with Bacon Lardons, New York Sirloin, & French Fries “Au Canard” with Herbs & Parmesan.
Deuxave Boston MA Dessert
Dessert: Crème Brûlée, Concord Grape Vacherin, Pistachio Napoleon

Go ahead.  Savor with those beautiful eyes of yours.  I won’t judge.

Must try menu items are the Bubble Bath cocktail and the Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras.  The Bubble Bath is lavender Infused Sipsmith London Dry Gin, lemon, and bubbles.  Sure, I am a gin lover, but this cocktail would delight even the harshest gin critic. The foie gras.  Oh, the foie gras! If I ever win the lottery, I am having this prepared for me every day.  The Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras has fig and fennel seed buns, Villa Manodori balsamic vinegar, fresh figs, and fennel.  This delectable starter is the archetype for flavor and texture relationships.  The soft, salty foie gras paired with the sweet and chewy fig with just the subtlest crunch from the fennel was a religious experience inside my mouth.

Deuxave Boston MA Bubble Bath Foie Gras
Must Try: Bubble Bath Cocktail & Seared Hudson Valley Foie Gras

Artful presentation. Sophisticated recipes. Robust flavors flawlessly paired with fascinating textures. All of which further validate my shameless adoration and high expectation for fine dining. Kudos to the entire Deuxave team for running an efficient, innovative, and most importantly, delicious establishment.  Will I return for more?  You bet- course by course, one by one, ‘Til I shout, “enough I’m done!” I’ll be their guest, be their guest, be their guest!

À la prochaine!

Deuxave Boston MA Light Fixture
Be their guest, be their guest, be their guest!

 

Deuxave
371 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 517-5915
http://www.deuxave.com/

5 Comments

  1. Dennis

    November 17, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    I want to say again, what a wonderful experience this dinner was. I enjoyed it all over again with this wonderful and well written article. I look forward to dining there again and to future experiences you might include us in.

    1. Jessica

      November 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm

      Merci beaucoup! Such a wonderful time, and I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed your company and conversation. I’m determined to try as much as I can from the menu, so anytime you want to go back, please do let us know!

      I’m also working on a spring schedule for ALP, so once I’ve brainstormed more adventures, I will let you know! 🙂

  2. Meghan

    November 17, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    OH MY GOSH JESS, What a wonderful post! Deuxave is by far my favorite restaurant of all time! The fare looks absolutely mouthwatering 🙂 I need to go back.

    1. Jessica

      November 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm

      Mille mercis! You know, we do need to have our blog date soon. Perhaps this would be the perfect spot! 🙂

      1. Meghan

        November 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

        I would love that JESSS!!!! Please let me know if you need another buddy to sample French goodies! 🙂

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