One of Boston's top restaurant groups is the Columbus Hospitality Group, which runs a number of high end restaurants in town helmed by Executive Chef Jamie Mammano. Their latest is Ostra, a seafood-oriented Mediterranean restaurant in Back Bay.
I was dining with a regular of the restaurant group, so the chef sent out an intermezzo of fried squash blossom stuffed with ricotta, with a delicate batter and tomato sauce.
While I didn't manage to get a good photo, make sure to order the Ricotta gnocchetti with Maine lobster, beech mushrooms, and shaved black truffles ($22). A must try!
For my entree: Grilled Sea Bream in Trevisano Leaf, extra virgin olive oil, lemon, herbs ($42)
Paella "Valenciana Style": Spain's Bomba rice, saffron, lobster, shrimp, mussels, clams, octopus, squid, drumette confit, chorizo ($44)
The food at Ostra is expensive, for sure, but their food is excellent and the service was good (it's still new, so service is not as flawless as Sorellina, owned by the same restaurant group). On the other hand, I was surprised at their wine list which included some pretty affordable bottles! At least you can come here and choose a bottle of wine according to your own budget, be it an affordable one or a splurge. Either way, if you want to impress someone, consider taking them to Ostra.
1 Charles St S
Boston, MA 02116