on January 9, 2007
I love desserts. When I first saw Finale on the Food Network, I knew I had to make that special trip to it when I visited Boston. It's a bar that serves desserts. Does it get much better than that?I went to the Columbus Avenue location, which is conveniently located right next to the Theater District. It is the perfect post-show place to relax with friends. The night I went, New Years day, it wasn't full. I've read that reservations are recommended, but there was no need for them that day.So, you walk in and you get a menu. The menu lists apps (prelude) and desserts. The prices were a bit higher than other places, but that's to be expected. There is a Prix Fixe menu which offers one appetizer and one dessert for $17.95. We didn't order that. There most beloved dessert is the molten cake ($10.95) and we didn't order that. They have a flight of hot chocolates (three taster sizes) and we didn't order that either. Instead, we ordered one white chocolate hot chocolate and shared the Fantasia for Two. First the White chocolate hot chocolate. It was just under $5. It was DELICIOUS. I've never had a better hot chocolate in my life. It was the perfect combination of everything that makes hot chocolate perfect. I wish there was a way I could get some from a water fountain. To top it off, it warmed me up from the cold air outside.The Fantasia had a medley of desserts that are meant to be shared. It was $16.95. The Fantasia consisted of small portions of:Fresh Strawberry Tart with Vanilla Gelato: Delicious, but the crust was a bit dry for me.White Chocolate flower petals with butter crumb cake: Nothing memorable hereLemon Bavarian cream topped with sliced blueberries: My favorite part of the meal. The Bavarian cream was smooth and subtle.Chocolate Baskets filled with mixed berry sauce: Again, nothing memorable.Orange creme caramel: I love flan, so I loved thisCinnamon rice pudding topped with peach sorbet: Maybe I'm not a big fan of rice pudding, but I definitely wasn't a big fan of this. The staff were friendly, but I did kind of get the feeling that because we didn't order more we weren't treated as well as our wine-drinking neighbors. It didn't bother me much. It was New Years, and who really wants to work then anyway?I thought that for our particular meal, the price was a little bit much. We had a good amount of food, but of the six options, we only really liked 2 of them. I would go again, though. It was a nice atmosphere, especially for a group of friends or a couple. The lighting is low and the tables are close. It was cool to watch the bar/dessert-tenders make your order at the bar. They kept a mirror over the bar so that you can see it from your seat.
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