Friday, March 6, 2009

Petit Robert Bistro: Spring Menu

Spring’s about to sprout at Petit Robert Bistro, where seasonal ingredients are given a Gallic spin (and recession-era prices). Live jazz has come to Sunday brunch, and a trio of unique warm cocktails will get patrons through the last chill days of winter in Boston.

Entrees on the early Spring Menu all priced under $20:

* Creamy Veal Blanquette with rice pilaf
* Roast Rack of Spring Lamb with pommes Lyonnaise
* Pan Seared Foie Gras and Cherries with Cinnamon Verjus
* Jambon de Bayonne and Heart of Palm Salad
* Tripes Provencal

The Marie Davy Trio adds life and levity to Sunday brunch at Petit Robert in Kenmore Square every Sunday afternoon from 12:30 to 2:30 PM. As always, full bar and full menu are available, and there's no cover charge for the toe-tapping French jazz vocals, which have enthralled diners for the past several weeks. Reservations are strongly suggested. Jazz is featured at the 468 Commonwealth Avenue location only, lower level. Call for reservations at 617-375-0699.

Oooooh La La Chocolat! That’s the name crazy bartender Denis has given this potent drink; perfect for Boston’s still-arctic March nights. Take one vodka martini. Add Godiva white and milk chocolate liqueurs, and a dash of Bailey’s. Pour through an espresso machine until the mixture is hot. Serve while the alcohol fumes still sting your eyes. This is a Petit Robert exclusive ($12), as is the Citron Tart Martini ($10.50) and the Dirty Roquefort Martini ($9.50). Hot martinis are featured at the 480 Columbus Avenue location only, and only until the first daffodils come up. Call for reservations at 617-867-0600.

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