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.
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.