Thursday, October 15, 2009

Finale Desserterie - restaurant review

After the lovely dinner at Rustic Kitchen that I previously wrote about, the three of us headed to our concert, and then after we were done, we came back to the hotel. We were looking for somewhere to have dessert since we weren't ready for the evening to be over, but it turned out that Rustic Kitchen wasn't open as late as we'd hoped. We spoke to the doorman at the hotel and asked if there was somewhere nearby where we could go for dessert and coffee or drinks, and he mentioned that Finale was only a couple of blocks away, so we walked over.

I have to say that this has been one of the best recommendations I've ever gotten. Finale is a pretty small place, and when we got there at shortly before 11pm, there was about a 20 minute wait before a table opened up for us.

The dessert menu was tempting indeed, and we all perused the choices to decide what to have. In the end, we decided to just share a few desserts so that we could get tastes of different things.

First, we decided on the Retro Chocolate Plate because it had a nice mix of different items that sounded good to us. And, because we were in Boston, we also decided to share a dish of Boston Cream Pie.

One of my companions had the same affinity for moscato that I do, so we each decided to try a glass of the sparkling moscato with our dessert as well.

[Side note: apologies for the quality of the pictures. My phone doesn't do well taking pictures in low light, so I just lightened the photos enough to see the details, but that doesn't solve the focus or graininess issues.]

I had never had Boston Cream Pie before, and I discovered that I *really* like it. My companions informed me that this version was different than normal Boston Cream Pie, so now I guess I'll just have to try it in various places to see what it's like. I really liked the taste and the texture. I also really liked that the plate came with some fresh fruit - I think I ended up eating the majority of the fruit. The chocolate whoopie pie (the trio of cookie-like things) was ok, but I found it to be a lot sweeter than I prefer. When our server had told us about the whoopie pie, we all just stared at him, and he said we must all not be local because it's a regional thing, and then he explained what they were.

The Retro Chocolate Plate was a terrific choice. I think what we got varied a bit from what's listed on the site's menu from August, but we really enjoyed everything. The two favorites were the molten chocolate cake and the milk chocolate banana pyramid.

The sparkling moscato was also really tasty.

We had a lovely time at Finale, and it's a place I'd definitely go back to and highly recommend to others.

Finale Desserterie - Park Plaza
One Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 423-3184

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