Mealtime at Bistro du Midi — Photo courtesy of Bistro du Midi
When you're seeking a Boston restaurant that will woo that someone special, make your way to Bistro du Midi. Skirting the edge of the Boston Public Garden, Bistro du Midi is housed in an elegant two-story space that allows diners to overlook the stunning landscape of the gardens while enjoying the fine food.
A restaurant that could fool you into thinking you're dining in Provence offers several seating options, allowing you to reserve a table in the lovely dining room, settle down in the street-level cafe or even seclude yourself in one of their private spaces.
The main dining room is located on the second floor. As you ascend the staircase, you'll notice a floor-to-ceiling wine vault. Not just for show, this vault is home to the extensive collection of fine wines that graces the pages of Bistro du Midi's ever-evolving wine list, hand picked from around the world by Head Sommelier Todd Lipman.
You'll find wines that impress the most educated oenophile, and more importantly, your date. Selected to pair perfectly with the menu, wine is a must with every course.
A journey through the menu is the best way to enjoy all that Bistro du Midi has to offer. Chef Robert Sisca demonstrates expertise in Provincial cuisine, with a carefully crafted menu that showcases fresh, seasonal items that are prepared to perfection, beautifully plated and delivered to your table by well-versed waitstaff.
Beef Daube — Photo courtesy of Bistro du Midi
Enjoy the chef's tasting menu for the best sampling of what Sisca is showcasing, available as five or seven courses, with or without wine pairings. You'll be blown away by the delicacies selected as part of this special menu. Winter offerings include sea urchin, foie gras and venison; they're all delightfully rich and ideal for warming your insides on a cold night.
Those who prefer to create their own tasting from the main menu are encouraged to do so. Start with a selection like the tea-cured wild salmon in an almond and leek broth; this cured fish surprises, with pepperoncini pearls that pop in your mouth, giving the dish a slightly spicy vinegar balance.
Take advantage of Chef Sisca's seafood knowledge and order more. Even a pasta – like the black pepper chitarra, which hosts mussels and sea urchin – makes for a wonderful way to enjoy the fruit de mare.
Those who typically order a hearty piece of meat will be pleasantly surprised by the meaty monkfish. Topped with an unusual yet ideally suited au poivre sauce, this fish dish will impress even the most loyal carnivore.
The first floor is home to a lovely cafe and bar area. Simple, charming seating is available inside during the winter, while spring, summer and fall call for tossing open the wall of doors, where an intimate patio allows you to enjoy the fresh air and the view of the Boston Public Garden across the street.
The cafe offers an upscale yet casual vibe. Here you can enjoy a drink at the simply appointed bar, or sit at a table and order from the cafe menu. You'll find yourself seated among well-dressed men and women who appreciate fine food and wine.
The cafe menu differs from that offered in the main dining room, providing guests with a taste of French comfort food and a lower price point; this menu is filled with fan favorites like the juicy burger that can be amped up with the addition of foie gras torchon, a croque monsieur and quiche. Your date may just choose to dine downstairs.
Wherever you're seated, you can expect to be blown away by the wine, food and, most importantly, the person who planned this romantic evening.
Snowfall from outside Bistro du Midi — Photo courtesy of Bistro du Midi