For some Cincinnatians, it's dining Mecca.
|Dexter Leaving Boca|
Williams-Sonoma Home or our own High Street…modern, eclectic, and comfortable. The banquettes are a throwback to the Maisonette. Those, along with the side dining room on the first level, are the only recognizable traces from its predecessor. There is a rawness in the exposed brick walls and rafters. It all fits in with the restaurant's commitment to casual fine dining that works on all levels from the furnishings and tableware to the food and wait staff uniforms.
|A View of the Glass Stairway|
NOTE: All dishes shown were the tasting portions except for Pommes Soufflés, Haricots Verts Salad, and desserts.
The Grilled Romaine, which is actually a version of a Caesar salad with anchovy emulsion, was divided for us. The flavors were all there, but I thought the grilling had left it a little too limp and hard to cut through. Given a second chance, we would have left the Brussels spouts (actually another salad) off of our dance card. After talking with others, we're not sure how this has become such a signature item for Boca. The look and texture were like stewed prunes with an accent of garlic. To all three of us, it was a taste palate that we couldn't imagine most people gravitating toward. Eric likened it to snafus he has had in the kitchen that guests ended up devouring, and then one is stuck with recreating them over and over again.
|Haricots Verts Salad|
|Chatham Bay Cod|
|Poached Pear Financier|
|Buttermilk Vanilla Panna Cotta|
|Entrance to Boca|
Boca has a special place in Cincinnati dining. Although not all dishes work for everyone and our serving group was not without mini flaws, it still demands a visit to experience what is one of the most stunning dining spaces you will ever encounter. Sit back and enjoy the view of that chandelier sparkling in the glass and mirrors around the rooms. It will all transport you to a magical world.
|The Magical Reflections|