After a most luxurious and relaxing time at Spa Mirbeau, The Bistro & Wine Bar warmly welcomed me for a late Sunday brunch. Opting to be seated outside, I settled into a comfortable porch table and ordered a glass of Sancerre ($12); soaking in the afternoon rays of sunshine as they combined with a crisp breeze. Gazing out at the zen pond gardens and vibrant green Japanese bridge, I recognized the inspiration from Claude Monet's Gardens at Giverny. For a moment I was transported back to one of my favorite days on a trip to France in 2009.
The pond and gardens have a ways to go to catch up to Claude Monet's, (the exotic flowers in bloom, the vines, the weeping willows, the Lilly pads!) but still, the grounds here are perfectly well maintained and I give them props for evoking fond wanderlust memories.
The allure of France continues with the food, where I recognize executive chef Stephen Coe's name on the menu, he used to be the chef at Bokx 109 in Newton. The hearty French Onion Soup ($10) warns off any hint of a lingering chill. A deeply flavorful broth is loaded with sweet caramelized onions, and a thick slice of brioche is cloaked in musty gruyere cheese and dusted with chives. Chef sends out his signature appetizer - the Pear and Mascarpone Sacchetti ($10) - which I also recognize from Bokx 109. Sweet juicy pear and creamy mascarpone are tucked neatly into adorable little satchels, with Moustarda Fruid, vincotto and chive fondu. I am delighted that he has continued serve this at Mirbeau.
Following the Sacchetti, a sample of chilled melon soup is refreshing and sweet while still remaining balanced. The piece de resistance is a Chicken Francaise Sandwich ($12) where supremely crispy skin gives way to tender meat that is layered with sage and honey. On the side, duckfat french fries complete the meal. It wasn't an easy choice though, the entire brunch menu looks stellar.
Mirbeau, you've been good to me. Exceptional, in fact. I'm beyond relaxed and ready to take on the real world again. Merci, beaucoup!!
I was treated to a complimentary "Touch of Class" spa package (choice
of one 50-minute massage, facial, or nail treatment with a 3-course
lunch) which retails for $200.