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Barbara Lynch's new restaurant: Menton

Posted by Devra First  December 10, 2009 05:55 PM

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Doesn't rhyme with "Trenton," people. Say it like you're French: "Mehn-TOHN." It's named after a village in the French Riviera, on the border of France and Italy -- kind of like Lynch's cooking.


The restaurant is currently scheduled for a February opening, with Lynch and executive chef Colin Lynch (no relation) in the kitchen. Though it shares a Fort Point location with Lynch's Drink, it will have its own cocktail bar. The food will be highly seasonal, with a Provencal/Mediterranean cast. On the menu: plenty of seafood and vegetables, with dishes such as sole with tomato gelee, hazelnut beignets, and confit piballes (baby eels). And there will be a lot of citrus. Menton is known for its lemons, Lynch says.

The restaurant will only offer set menus, with four-course and seven-course tastings ranging in price from around $85-$145. It will be refined, glamorous, a place to dress up for, Lynch says. "Just think of it as grown up. I'm grown up now. After having kids, you just need to feel great every once in a while. It's not going to be precious, it's just going to be brilliant."

And if people rhyme the name with Trenton, oh well. "I think people have a hard time saying Au Bon Pain," Lynch says.

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