Friday, April 3, 2009

Petit Robert Bistro: Al Fresco

At Petit Robert Bistro, with three locations in greater Boston, dining outdoors is always a seasonal option; service begins on the patio as early as climatically possible.

The original Kenmore Square locale offers the romance of six intimate tables just below the city sidewalk, surrounded by a painted mural of café life on the Seine.

New to the South End location is a windowed wind break and a full awning that not only provides shade but allows sidewalk socializing even in the rain.

In west suburban Needham, the bistro’s capacity is significantly expanded with wrought iron tables out front in the sun for 15-20 people.

New For Spring:

* Jambon de Bayonne and Hearts of Palm Salad
* Asparagus & Red Pepper Pate with Herb Oil and Tomato Concasse
* Native Bluefish with Maine Lobster and Corn Cream Sauce
* Veal Kidney Moutarde
* Mousse au Chocolat with cat's tongue cookie

The Dirty French Chef is back.
Chef-Owner Jacky Robert’s potent spring elixir of pureed rhubarb and dark rum is one of a kind ($9.50), and it joins such uniquely French cocktail traditions as Kir Royale (in a quartet of flavors), half a dozen French beers mixed with sodas and syrups, various pastis-based drinks like the Mauresque and the Perroquet, and classic aperitifs like Campari, Dubonnet and Lillet.

Lest we forget how French food in Boston has evolved
... over the past 30 years, ask us about our Boston Chefs Family Tree, which illustrates how Jacky Robert’s arrival from Normandy, France in the early 1970s started an ever-widening circle of culinary talent in that continues today.

In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport
Julia Child

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