Aromes ditching its tasting menu format for new a la carte options

Aromes, Hampden’s dainty French restaurant, is switching its menu format, doing away with its tasting menu in favor of a la carte options.

Starting May 23, chef-owner Steve Monnier will begin offering offer an a la carte menu. Until now, diners have had the choice of three or six courses ($45 or $65, respectively) in a tasting menu that changes weekly.

The switch came in preparation for a new French bistro Monnier is opening downtown as he tests new dishes for his next restaurant, he said in an email. The design for the new space is still being finalized, but Monnier is aiming for a December opening at the yet-to-be-disclosed location.

Monnier said he will continue to offer tastings for regular customers who want to keep having them, and his new restaurant will also have a tasting room.

Otherwise guests can prepare to pick and choose from dishes including foie gras terrine, coulotte steak, monkfish with creme fraiche, rice and sweet peas, and grilled lobster with gazpacho.

The menu will remain small, with five appetizers, five main courses and three dessert options to start.

Aromes opened in Hampden in 2015. Monnier put the restaurant on the market in late 2016, and it remains for sale.

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