(reposted from another site, with a few edits)
We had matinee tickets to the Phantom today…The opera house is a beauty.
Then we headed over to Tremont to check out Explorateur.
Our reservations were for 6:00. We arrived a little before 5:00 and headed to the bar for a drink. Which was pretty full except for the 2 ladies who felt their bags deserved seats.
We started to sit at one of the high tops and the host (Frank) came over…to steer us away. He was really nice about it and as we were talking 2 seats at the bar opened up.
And Frank promised us a nice table when we were ready to be seated.
The bar is a pretty good size stainless top but with a hammered, edged style that fit into the space nicely.
Its a good wine, beer and cocktail menu.
I had a Kronenbuger lager draft and my husband had a rose. Service was great, attentive but not too fussy.
Once the kitchen was open, the menus came around. We were perusing a small plate to share before dinner
when Frank (you remember Frank?) came around to see if we would be eating at the bar or if we wanted to be
seated. Which we did.
The formal dining space is really nice. Great banquets for larger groups, tables for the 2-4 dinners.
Frank gave us a very nice corner table.
We liked the menu a lot and settled on a steak frites for him and the chicken paillards for me and the Brussels sprouts for the table.
It was all really well done, the steak a perfect medium rare served with hotel butter, crispy fries and a herbed mayo for the fries.
The chicken came with crispy skin (yum!) and a vegetable slaw. I brought one of the paillards home.
Another rose for him, a pinot noir for me.
Service was attentive and timely.
The dessert menu was pretty tempting but we were full.
Next time maybe a salad and a flat bread, save room for the fig cheese cake or the peach crepes.
We did snag a few croissants for breakfast tomorrow morning.
Overall, its a place we could visit every day at a different time and never be tired of the offerings.
I think once the theater crowd discovers Explorateur it will be hard to get a seat.