Boston Restaurants: In Boston, the name Michael Schlow has become synonymous with deliciously complex cuisine that incorporates seasonal ingredients, classical technique, and the use of flavored oils, emulsions, juices and reductions.
Schlow opened the French-inspired Radius restaurant in 1999 with his longtime business partner and friend, Christopher Myers. Since then, the pair has gone on to open Via Matta in Back Bay and Alta Strada in Wellesley.
The menu at Radius is constantly changing to reflect seasonal ingredients while the prix fixe menu changes weekly. On a recent visit to Radius, which is located in the Financial District, the lounge area was overflowing with an after-work crowd. There are some great deals to be had here starting with the fancy schmancy popcorn for just $5. Don't miss some of the fun drinks here, especially the Fezziwig's Punch made of New Amsterdam gin, Pimm's cup, orange blossom water and ginger beer.
We were shown to our seat in the main dining room and quickly greeted by an attentive server, who told us we could order from either the lounge or main dinner menu. Schlow has become well known in the city for his famous burger prominently known as "The Burger," also one of Boston's most expensive.
We ordered a bottle of Freemark Abbey cabernet, which complemented the crispy and perfectly salted calamari from the bar menu. There is also sautéed calamari available from the main dinner menu as well. The reverse potato skins sounded intriguing as did Radius' answer to the boneless buffalo finger. A couple near us ordered the lobster BLT sliders, which is a must-have on our list for our next visit.
We just had to try the famous burger (definitely worth the $19 sticker price) and we were glad we did. An enormously juicy sirloin burger arrived smothered in Vermont cheddar topped with crispy onions on a dense bun smothered in spicy horseradish sauce cooked to a medium rare perfection. The tender slow roasted ribeye was just as good complemented with Robuchon potatoes, pearl onions and red wine sauce served with a side of fresh crisp green beans.
Other entrees here included the Mediterranean sea bass, herb basted organic chicken, pan roasted monkfish, Berkshire pork and slow roasted Scottish salmon. There is also a prix fixe lunch menu for $29 per person and a four-course market dinner menu available for $80 or a seven-course chef's menu for $135.
Try to save room for desserts-unfortunately, we didn't but the list sounded amazing and included Boston cream donuts, a sorbet tasting, a freshly baked cookie plate and the everyday's your birthday cake.
Radius is located at 8 High Street
For reservations or more information, call (617)426-1234 or visit them online at www.radiusrestaurant.com.