You have arrived. This is the feeling you will repeatedly get from the moment you walk into the Mandarin Oriental on Boylston Street, to the moment you leave. You are greeted with the utmost professionalism and friendliness, because the Mandarin Hotel is a leader in hospitality and a beacon of luxury throughout the world.
But wait, there's more — much more. Having just celebrated their first anniversary, Bar Boulud, Boston's first restaurant by Daniel Boulud is in on the experience as well. From September through to the end of December, locals and travelers alike can indulge in an ultimate joint venture: the Charcuterie Chef Experience package. This is the package to go for whether you are a food-lover, wine enthusiast, or just a sucker for lavish accommodation and attention to detail.
The package ($740 plus taxes) includes an overnight stay at the five-star Mandarin and front row seats at the charcuterie counter for an intimate journey into the art behind Bar Boulud's charcuterie program. In addition to this invaluable educational and interactive experience, you will enjoy a large, shared chef's tasting charcuterie board for two, as well as three wine pairings selected by their expert wine team.
Start with a rosé from Provence to whet your appetite, move on to their charcuterie board that has so, so much more than just salami and sliced ham. Dive into an artistic display of lamb terrine, pheasant terrine, housemade cooked ham, and guest favorite, and pâté grand-mère (chicken liver, pork, cognac). Arguably the most artistic number is their pâté en croute: a layered slab of pork, veal, or venison and dried fruits all orchestrated around a foie gras center piece and held together in a buttery crust. Finish off with some port, espresso, or tea and any of the delectable treats from pastry chef Robert Differ and you are perfectly set up to enjoy the rest of your night in your deluxe suite.
Fix yourself a salt bath, flip on a movie, or head out to some of Boylston's other well-known establishments to round out your evening. This is an amazing experience whether you’re a Bostonite looking for a luxurious staycation, or a visitor who would like to taste some of the best of what Beantown has to offer.
There are many reasons Bar Boulud and Mandarin Oriental pair so well together. Just like an exquisitely matched food and wine pairing, they are unique and complimentary at the same time, each increasing the effects of the other for an overall titillating experience.