Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Dining Out: 606 Congress

Each February my company hosts an annual meeting with one of our favorite clients. We have a day long event followed by dinner. This year, I was asked to research event and dinner venues, a job I happily accepted!

After choosing the Seaport Hotel for our meeting spot, I began reviewing nearby restaurants. Having worked across the street in the World Trade Center for two years I had a solid idea of what restaurants would meet our needs, but I was struck by one newly opened location - 606 Congress at the Renaissance Hotel.

After an energetic conversation with the restaurant manager, I decided to book their private dining room. I was able to select a three course menu and wine for the group. When we arrived the night of the dinner, it was better than I ever could have expected.

The private dining room seats 30, at three long tables of 10. The glass doors to the private room are framed by floor to ceiling, illuminated wine racks. It was positively gorgeous.

Our first course offered a choice of Caesar salad, clam chowder or chilled shrimp. The Caesar salad had the perfect ratio of lettuce to dressing to croutons, and the clam chowder was so creamy you could smell the butter from 10 feet away. The chilled shrimp came with a colorful presentation of veggies and a tangy glaze.

Our entree course consisted of a choice of scallops, filet mignon or roasted chicken. The scallops were served over a variety of mushrooms and green beans and the filet was served with mashed potatoes and root vegetables. No one at my table ordered the chicken, but we did get to see another entree, the pasta primavera which was the vegetarian option.

All four entree options were plated beautifully and saturated with decadent flavor.

We finished with dessert: dark chocolate tart, white chocolate bread pudding or cranberry crumb cake served with ginger ice cream. If you read this blog regularly, you know what I chose.

Yes, the chocolate tart! It was the perfect portion size and not too rich. The bread pudding looked magnificent, but the crumb cake disappointed. The cake was simply a muffin masquerading as a post dinner treat.

In addition to our amazing food and wine, we had the most friendly, accommodating and attentive wait staff I have ever seen at a private party. If you are hosting an event in downtown Boston, I highly recommend ending your day on the waterfront at 606 Congress.

If the restaurant decides to partake in the March and August Restaurant Week promotions, you should absolutely take advantage and check it out.

Thank you 606 Congress for being the cherry on our client meeting sundae!

1 comment:

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