A few months ago I was walking through Downtown Crossing with a friend when we noticed a patio hidden between two high rise buildings. We walked a bit closer and learned it was a French restaurant called the Marliave. We made a mental note to add it to our list of places to try.
Today is the birthday of said friend and it was her wish to dine with all of her favorite ladies at the Marliave.
The Marliave's legal address is 10 Bosworth Street, but it's actually located at the corner of Bromfield Street and Province Street.
I was a bit early for our 7:00pm reservation so I wandered inside to check out the indoor portion of the restaurant. The decor was completely black and white and reminded me of Gaslight in the South End.
From our seats we had an incredible view. The sun was shining and seemed to be illuminating the architecture around us.
Shortly after inhaling the cheese plate (it went quickly between seven people) our dinners arrived. Each plate or bowl was covered and three members of the wait staff came to our table to lift the covers off each plate at the exact same moment. Talk about service! I felt like Belle in "Beauty and the Beast"! Be our guest, be our guest!
Someone ordered the traditional steak frites and she said, "I don't like my food very seasoned or with strong flavor. Anyone else would probably think this was fantastic, but for me, the taste was too overpowering." As I don't eat meat, the jury is still out on this one.
I also ordered the chopped salad (minus the chicken) which was topped with green beans, asparagus, artichokes, red and yellow tomatoes, avocado and a hard boiled egg. There was way too much lettuce, but otherwise - delicious.
As we were celebrating, we felt we had to order dessert. For the birthday girl we ordered the chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Both the cake and the ice cream were superb, the table was unanimous.
While dining I learned that the Marliave is the fourth oldest restaurant in Boston (opened in 1885) and they make everything in house - bread, pasta, ice cream - you name it. I also read on the menu that they serve brunch all day!
Treat yourself this summer to an elegant feast on the patio at the Marliave. You will leave feeling like you've just been let in one one of the city's best kept secrets.