It's the real thing. La Voile, which translates to "the sail", serves authentic French food at this charming Boston brasserie. My nephew, Nicholas, recommended it when I asked him to suggest a nice spot for lunch. The moment we stepped through the door I had a very good feeling and the story on the menu confirmed it. How had I missed this place?
Nicholas, Ally, Avalon and I sat down to what was to be a leisurely two hour lunch enjoying some divine French food. The French country decor includes several stunning wooden boat models representative of those commonly seen on the French coast. Close your eyes and dream of Cannes.
Now back to Boston. They offer a very reasonable two or three course prix fixe lunch menu ($19 or $25), or you can chose a la carte from a full menu. I opted for the two course prix fixe and started with the mussels in a light lemon curry sauce.
They were sweet, tender, perfectly cooked and the sauce was so delicious it was drinkable, but I refrained and scooped up every last drop with my spoon. Avalon tried one and swooned, so of course I shared.
Nicholas started with the foie gras and pate that was accompanied by crisp toast, a delicious apple compote and mixed greens. Parfait!
When the entrees arrived we were so engrossed in savoring every bite that photographing was no longer a priority. Plus, it gets a bit obnoxious if one takes pictures throughout the entire meal. I like to snap a few shots to whet your appetite, but you'll just have to stop in to try the delicious grilled salmon over greens that Ally enjoyed and the fresh mozzarella and tomato panini on French country bread that Avalon savored. I throughly enjoyed my grilled steak with asparagus and Nicholas had the mussels as his entree, and yes I dipped into his sauce. Who could resist?
And the pièce de résistance.... which we shared...
Our charming waiter even offered to snap a picture of us. Merci. The food, charming ambience and the wonderful staff transported us back to the south of France. We can't wait to go back and we're so happy to have discovered this little piece of France just an hour away.
261 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02119