50 Best Restaurants: Behind the Prix Fixe Menu at Lumiere
A lot has changed in the Hub since 2002 â€” T fares, the Greenway, the
Filene’s Basement store crater in Downtown Crossing.
One thing that (thankfully) hasn’t? The daily $35 three-course prix-fixe at LumiĂ¨re, one of this year’s 50 Best Restaurants picks. â€śI thought it was a good deal back then, and I think it’s an even better deal now,â€ť says chef-owner Michael Leviton.
So how, exactly, does a place that charges upward of $30 per entrĂ©e manage to bang out an entire meal â€” and a delicious one, at that â€” for around the same price? It’s all about taking full advantage of everything you have. â€śThe more we use the whole animal or the whole fish, the more we’re left with the less-sexy parts, and that’s a way to use them up … whether it’s making sausages or meatloaf,â€ť says Leviton. Serving an ever-changing prix-fixe also allows the restaurant to sneak a little bit of comfort food onto an otherwise upscale menu â€” and often comfort is exactly what neighborhood customers are looking for. â€śThe point is to get people in on a Tuesday. You can drop close to that [much money] at Bertucci’s,â€ť he says. Of course, you won’t find house-smoked swordfish on the menu there. (1293 Washington St., Newton. Info: 617-244-9199, lumiererestaurant.com.)
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