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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Sel de la Terre Restaurant Review: L’Espalier owner Frank McClelland created a more casual sister restaurant with Sel de la Terre, and this Back Bay location offers a flavorful slice of Provence next to the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. Dinner starts with a bread basket (think black olive and fig-anise) accompanied by the signature petit goûter---an eggplant-goat cheese purée with toasted black walnuts. The seasonal menu highlights subtle French influences over bold, Mediterranean-bright flavors with dishes like curry-scented steelhead trout, or roasted free-range chicken breast with chestnut ragoût. There are also five- and seven-course tasting menus available if you prefer to have chef Geoff Gardner take you on your own Provençal journey. Tuesday nights, Gardner also offers a four-course tasting menu paired with beers from around the country. Late-night diners like the bar menu that features steamed mussels, tagliatelle with braised beef and an assorted cookie plate.