Dine Out Boston: Two Dueling Bistros

Over the past two weeks, Boston’s best restaurants welcomed diners for Dine Out Boston. It’s not only a celebration of good food, it’s also an opportunity for these establishments to show off their culinary chops.

I was lucky to try out two different bistros during the event. One for lunch, another for dinner and I have to say, I haven’t had such a great meal in a restaurant since our time in Paris.

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First up, Bistro du Midi. My husband and I actually went to dinner at this French restaurant on our anniversary. Here, you could enjoy a three course meal that sampled some of their best dishes for $38.

I began the meal with a crisp glass of Rosé from Miraval in Provence. I paired it with the mussels in a fennel bisque with pimento fougasse. Following that was the melt-in-your-mouth Ricotta gnocchi with mint pistou, summer squash and pine nuts. And to finish, I devoured a chocolate roulade with coconut cremeux and a calamansi gel. Because it also happened to be our 3rd wedding anniversary, David, our waiter, brought over two complimentary glasses of a scrumptious dessert wine.

Everything was cooked to perfection and beautifully presented. I particularly loved how a second dessert was brought over with the check. We made sure to polish off the tiny blueberry, chocolate and almond cookies before we headed out the door feeling full, yet not uncomfortable. It really was the perfect way for us to spend our anniversary this year.

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Next up, Beacon Hill Bistro. Two friends from work and I walked over to this Charles Street mainstay for a long, leisurely Friday lunch.

Obviously since we were going back to work we did not enjoy a glass of wine with our meal but in the end, it allowed us to really savor the flavor of our food. I began with the crispy spicy tuna roll that had been flashfried with aromatic herbs, sesame seaweed and xo sauce. I had never heard of xo sauce, but all you need to know is it’s delicious! I treated myself to the housemade cavatelli that boasted maine lobster, king oyster mushrooms, spring peas and tarragon. And to finish the most decadant lunch I have ever had, I nibbled on the strawberry and blueberry shortcake with lemon curd and vanilla whipped cream. All this for just $25 plus tip!

In both bistros the helpings were the perfect portions and the service was excellent. I appreciated how the waiters spaced out the courses so you didn’t feel rushed. It allowed us to enjoy each and every bite.

Dine Out Boston is now over, but August 2018 will be here before you know it. In the meantime, if you are looking for an amazing meal I would highly recommend giving either bistro a try!

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