Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Bar at Bistro du Midi

It was actually months ago now that I first visited Bistro du Midi located across from the Public Garden at 272 Boylston Street. How the refined and welcoming bar offering house infused liquors, an impressive wine list, rustic breads and tasty appetizers remained absent from the blog all this time is beyond me. I suppose having a few restaurant and bar visits in the vault isn't such a bad thing. Reminiscing is all the more sweeter, beginning with The Petanque ($11) made with house infused lavender-lemon blanco tequila, triple sec and fresh lemon and lime juice. This cocktail comes highly recommended, from myself as well as the amicable bartender. The elegant Provençal version of the margarita was lavender lemony-lime bliss beholding a frothy pour. The final touch was in the coarse salt and pepper coating one side of the glass as opposed to the usual rim.
The first floor opposite the bar is a beautifully decorated space. Is it just me or are weathered mirror collages some of the most aesthetically pleasing wall decorations there are? Tasteful green plants and vintage artwork serve to frame the cafe tables and comfy looking banquettes. A tiled archway on the far wall gives way to an open kitchen. Arranged in a striking fashion a top the bar in square wooden vases are some extra long, thin and crispy bread sticks to start things off. Substantial slices of hearty bread and a small dipping bowl of olive oil are presented upon placing your order. My girlfriends and I ordered on the lighter side as we were just in for a quick bite to pass the time before an event. We found ourselves extremely satisfied with the three appetizer plates we chose off the bar dinner menu. Olive & Eggplant Dip, Green Olive Tapenade, Crostini ($8)Fried Point Judith Calamari, Spicy Pickled Red Peppers, Anchovies, Parsley, Pepper Aioli ($11)Fried Artichokes, Aïoli ($7) Although only one fried artichoke is pictured, I went back for seconds. This was my favorite bite of the three. The calamari was excellent too and the crostini was simple and crispy highlighted by bold flavorful spreads. A more formal dining room is located on the second floor and in the warmer months a street level patio opens for al fresco dining. Enamored with my first visit to Bistro du Midi, I certainly can not wait for a return evening* to sample more of the modern Provençal cuisine in entree and dessert form.

*Edited 12/2011 to add: I have since returned to experience dinner with a large party (sans camera) and it was absolutely phenomenal. There were six of us and everyone loved their meals. I highly recommend!
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18 comments:

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

You're right - the wall of mirrors is fantastic! I've grabbed a glass of wine downstairs before eating in the main restaurant - but clearly a more thorough visit to the bar must happen!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

I've only passed through the bar at Bistro du Midi but I really love the restaurant!

Meghan@travelwinedine said...

I love the bar here! In fact, I listed it as one of my favorite places to drink wine in my RWB profile. We should return for drinks on the patio.

In and Around Town said...

I have never been there but its on the list - the bar and apps seems like a great option rather than committing to a whole meal!

MOLLY GALLER said...

Looks delish! Love the salt along the side of the beverage. I will have to check this place out.

Bridget said...

I STILL haven't been here yet!! But everytime I read about it I'm reminded of that fact. Sounds like a great place, I think I'd love it!

Christina said...

why does that margarita have to look so good to me at not even 11 am? crap!

Ameena said...

I agree that the mirrored collages - when don't right - look beautiful. This restaurant did it right!

I wish I could do something similar in my place but I have no idea where to start...

nicole said...

wow i want that margarita.

Michelle Collins said...

All of that food (and the cocktail, of course) looks divine! Great review.

Megan said...

Aw! We definitely have to go back again. Such a fun evening... the artichokes and calamari were delish!

this free bird said...

lavender lemony lime margarita?? okay i need to try this asap...

xo,
c

Bonnie said...

I really like the decor of this place. I would totally do my kitchen this way.
You know, if I actually spent time in the kitchen ....

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Amber Blue Bird said...

weathered mirror collages are brilliant wall decor. This place looks like fancy yet comfy place to dine

Jen said...

Delish! I don't think I've ever NOT liked the drink and carb photos you post (whoa, double negative).

Jaime said...

that drinks sounds SO delicious! i am on a tequila kick lately...may need to go try it!

Boston Food Diary said...

Great review! I've been meaning to check out Bistro du Midi for ages now- its definitely on the list!

Shannon said...

minus the tequila that sounds like a great drink :) never been there, but i'll have to keep it in mind!