Clio Restaurant: A User's Guide
French-Asian Fusion | James Beard Award | Acclaimed Chefs | Creative Mixology | Celeb Sightings
First: cassolette of lobster, sea urchin, parsnip milk, and candied lemon—“one of the best dishes” in town according to Boston.com
Second: buttermilk-braised chicken with oak gnocchi and truffle crème
Dessert: Violet Vacherin with chocolate crumbles, candied violets, coconut cream, and violet meringue
Awards and Accolades
Chef Ken Oringer: James Beard Award for Best Chef: Northeast, 2001
Chef Ken Oringer: champion on Food Network’s Iron Chef America
Pastry Chef Monica Glass: named one of Food & Wine magazine’s best new pastry chefs in 2013
While You're Waiting
Keep an eye out for celebrities and VIPs passing through this Boston hotspot—past patrons include a visiting prince.
Order a tiki-style, pre-Prohibition, or molecular-gastronomy-influenced cocktail from Todd Maul’s cutting-edge bar program.
Inside Tip: Although the 7-, 10-, and 14-course tasting menus take diners on bite-by-bite journeys through Chef Oringer’s latest innovations, the plates tend to be rather small—even by tasting-menu standards. Stick to the regular menu for fuller (but by no means generous) portions.
Mignonette: a sauce usually made of shallots, cracked pepper, and vinegar and served over raw oysters.
Reindeer moss: a moss that resembles reindeer antlers; it must be cooked for extended periods of time before it’s edible for humans.
While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Grab a latté and browse the tomes at Trident Booksellers and Cafe (338 Newbury Street).
After: Catch a live folk or jazz concert at the Berklee Performance Center (136 Massachusetts Avenue).
If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Since opening Clio in 1997, Chef Oringer has been on a restaurant-launching spree across Boston, but you needn’t travel far to try one of his other acclaimed ventures: Uni, a sushi and noodle bar, is located in Clio’s lounge.