Finale, Boston

I first heard about Finale when I moved to Boston. A restaurant that focuses on dessert first? Brilliant, if you ask me. It’s been on my list of places to try for a while. We finally got the chance when Sam came to visit and our original dinner plans didn’t work out. Finale was right around the corner at the Park Plaza, so we decided to cross this one off our list.

Since we were trying a new place, we also decided to try a new taste. Both Sam and I sampled some Ice Wine (which neither of us had even heard of before) to start. Ice wine isn’t too hard to figure out. It’s made with the juice from frozen grapes, which makes it super sweet. Interesting tastes, but for both of us the sweet, almost syrupy, wine was not a favorite.

ice wine, apple juice, ice wine

To be fair, dinner was good, but nothing too amazing. We really just got through dinner to get to dessert. Also, we were there during Aquapocalypse, so no water for us.

There was no way to get just one dessert, so we opted for the sampler to share between the three of us. There were two different versions of sharable sampler plates, but we chose the seemingly more traditional “Dessert Sampler” over the “Fantasia”. This gave us Creme Brulee, Chocolate Mousse, Strawberry Shortcake, Whoopie Pies, Hot Fudge Brownie Sundae, Cheesecake, Boston Creme Pie, Raspberry Sorbet, and Apple Pie a la mode.

and a lovely presentation too!

Then we dug in. Everything was very yummy (except the Whoopie pies, which were rock hard. We couldn’t get a fork in them without immense force, so we gave up.) Our personal faves get a shout out:

First place: Chocolate Mousse

First Runner Up: Cheesecake with blueberry compote

Second Runner Up: Raspberry sorbet

I would absolutely head back to Finale for dessert, but would probably skip dinner next time. I wasn’t totally impressed by the atmosphere. This could absolutely be a personal preference but, somehow I expected a little more ambiance from Finale. Somewhere a little more romantic. Either way, the Chocolate Mouse was awesome. And the little pieces of chocolate with “finale” written on them was really fun. That’s enough to bring me back.

Go get some dessert and enjoy!

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