Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

October 28, 2016 11:54 AM

Restaurant: Bistro du Midi

Bistro du Midi

272 Boylston Street
Boston Mass 12116
Debbie and I went to this restaurant with Heather. Heather recommended that we try it especially because it was within a block of our hotel.

The restaurant has two levels. To the right as you enter there is a with bar seating for about a dozen people and seating for 24 at tables. Both the dinner menu from the second floor and a separate bar menu are available.

The stairs to the second floor would clearly have been beyond me but there is a perfect elevator that holds several people at a time.

The second floor has another bar with seating for about a dozen and a variety of tables, 2,4s, and 6s, that seat 85 people.

When we arrived around 6:30 p.m. the restaurant was reasonably quiet. As the evening wore on and the number of diners and drinkers grew it became quite loud.

Our server came by several times but we were talking and frankly did not look at the menus. Debbie and Heather ordered some wine. I stuck with cranberry juice.

Heather started with Foie Gras Terrine, pain au lait, strawberry gel. She followed with Olive Oil Poached Halibut, yellow piperade, tomato confit.

Debbie did not order an appetizer but she managed a few mouthfuls of Heather’s Foie Gras. For her main course she ordered Bouillabaisse Du Midi, saffron-scented broth, rouille, gruyere.

I selected the Spanish Octopus, fennel, capers, almonds, romesco. It was prepared with roasting whole tentacles, which I prefer rather than a series of cross sliced pieces. For my entree I picked the Monkfish, fegoa sarda, pine nut, capers, mushroom veal jus.

I was the only one to order a dessert Chocolate Kahlua custard. Heather and Debbie did sample it.

The restaurant offers three levels of tasting menus. There is a five course menu for $85 with a wine pairing that costs an additional $70. There is also a seven course menu for $115 and a wine pairing for an additional $85. Of course tip and taxes are additional.

While our server checked in with us regularly and we did delay ordering so it was 9:30 before we were finished.

On the way out I stopped at the men’s room which is located at the back of the first floor dining room. The rest room is nothing special. It is clean. There is a single white ceramic commode in a walled off area but there is no door. The same arrangement provides the location for a wall hanging white urinal. The walls are covered with medium yellow/brownish tiles. The floor is a brownish cement like covering. There is a brownish marble shelf with two sunken white ceramic wash basins.

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