InterContinental Boston Kitchen Passport

Miss Yunks recently attended the InterContinental Hotel Kitchen Passport event in Boston at Miel, inside the InterContinental Hotel. InterContinental chefs are teaming up with locals in the food industry to bring new recipes to hotels around the world. The recipes are then available on an iPad app (yes – exclusively on the iPad for now). Boston’s executive chef Didier Montarou paired up with Anne Dolce, cook editor of The Daily Meal to create three recipes served at the Boston Passport event.

I was excited to attend the event to try the recipes and to visit Miel. I’d never been before and the restaurant was more gorgeous than I imagined. Tucked in the back of the hotel, a balcony borders Miel over the water and the gold and white decor inside was simply beautiful.   especially loved the huge gold chandeliers. Miel is the perfect place for a classy event.

When we were arrived we were greeted by friendly faces from the hotel and before we tasted any food, we were offered drinks.  I opted for a red wine and BF opted for the cocktail of the night: the Pain Killer.  To be honest I can’t remember what was in the drink, but I remember it was delicious and we both liked it, which is rare for us.  He’s a scotch guy and I prefer the girly sweet cocktails.  Once we had drinks, we went for the food.

They served a Honey Glazed Scallops starter, a Lobster Cannelloni entrée and a Pumpkin Rum Tart dessert. Luckily I was invited to bring a guest to this event, so BF got to perform his role as designated seafood taster. BF loved each dish he tried.

The scallops were prepared at the chef station. They sat on top of a bed of mashed turnips and Brussels sprouts tempura; the chef made me a plate of just the vegetables and they were delicious. The mashed turnips were similar to potatoes but a little more moist, and well, I love Brussels sprouts and tempura so combining the two was perfection.

Mashed turnips with Brussels sprouts tempura

The other guests raved about the lobster, and I raved about my special vegetarian platter. Miel prepared a special veggie tasting that wasn’t part of the Passport program, but since it was so impressive I’ll share it with you anyway.

My favorite taste was the mascarpone polenta topped with ratatouille. Not too surprisingly, it was the best polenta I’ve ever tasted.

In the middle of the plate was a cracker topped with burrata, which has been on my “to eat” list for a while. It was just as creamy as I hoped it would be.

Third on the plate was a quail egg, which honestly scared me a bit so BF stepped up and ate the egg. He said it tasted similar to a chicken egg, but the yolk flavor was more prominent.

For dessert, there was a pumpkin rum tart served on a mini pie crust.

I don’t usually like pie crust, but this one was more pastry-like than pie-like. The flaky crust balanced the sweet pumpkin for a unique take on the pumpkin pie.

I really enjoyed the Kitchen Passport event and I loved being at Miel. I’ve already declared it my next fancy brunch spot!

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