Bistro Du Midi: A tasteful Provencal bistro in Boston

By Oscar Wong

 

Bistro Du Midi offers a tasteful and elegant dining experience with the signature bold flavor of modern Provençal Cuisine. The menu is a true reflection of the restaurant namesake: the Midi region of France is located in southern France bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Midi region cuisine includes fresh and flavorsome ingredients that resemble Italian, Greek or Spanish cuisine more than typical French fare.

Pan-seared foie gras with apple cider jus and citric emulsion. (Image courtesy of Oscar Wong.)

Pan-seared foie gras with apple cider jus and citric emulsion. (Image courtesy of Oscar Wong.)

Executive chef Robert Sisca was formerly executive sous chef and a key member of le Bernardin in Manhattan, NY, a restaurant which has earned the coveted Michelin award from the New York Times.

The restaurant operates on two levels: the lower level houses a more casual bar area with a less expensive menu. The upper level, by contrast, is a very formal dining room with a fireplace and view of the Boston Public Garden.

Though Provencal dishes are known for their seafood, my first dish was a pan-seared foie gras with apple cider jus and citric emulsion. The soft delicate taste of perfectly seared foie gras combined with citric emulsion was the most perfect combination for an elegantly tasteful starter, offering a truly seductive and magnificent flavor.

After the excitement of the first dish, we had high hopes for the entrées, which turned out to be absolutely stellar. A pan-roasted hake, confit fennel, seared prawn in lobster consommé, the dish was light yet flavorful and displayed what classic modern Provencal cuisine is capable of. While many aren’t familiar with hake or consider it a lower-quality fish, I just simply adore the smooth and flakiness of this fish. Très delicieux!

Pan-roasted hake, confit fennel, seared prawn in lobster consommé. (Image courtesy of Oscar Wong.)

Pan-roasted hake, confit fennel, seared prawn in lobster consommé. (Image courtesy of Oscar Wong.)

Unfortunately, all good things come to an end, but my final dish of the night, was a classy delight an elegant classic calvados soufflé served as a perfect finish to this exquisite dining experience. While I have tasted many soufflés in Boston and Cambridge, very few were really able to capture the essence of this classic beauty. Both the calvados and the chocolate flavors were delicious and soulfully sweet.

Calvados soufflé. (Image courtesy of Oscar Wong.)

Calvados soufflé. (Image courtesy of Oscar Wong.)

Bistro Du Midi is classy, elegant and creatively modern with a local twist on the Provencal dining experience.

 

Bistro Du Midi
272 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-7878
http://bistrodumidi.com

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