“Kane tells us the place would be called Explorateur. “It is our interpretation of a community focused, all-day-dining, European cafe/bakery, bar, and restaurant.”
Hence the French-Californian cuisine at Explorateur, executed by chef Jacob Mendros, a 25-year-old Kittery, Maine, native with experience from Back Bay’s French fine dining icon L’Espalier. Mendros, who collaborates at Explorateur with chef Michael Morway, says that the idea is to combine elements of Continental refinement with contemporary presentations and approaches.
Adjacent to Explorateur’s marble- and brass-wrapped cafe area, stocked with java and pastries, the main dining room is bedecked with green leather furnishings and 15-foot-high Tremont Street-facing windows that reach up to the restored century-old coffered ceilings. Creative cocktails and craft beers are poured at the long bar; a second, smaller bar is located in a separate “Library Room,” where guests can gather by big bookshelves at tables illuminated by the kind of classic task lights under which bookworms burn the midnight oil.