Southern France Cuisine at Bistro du Midi

Those of us that have traveled extensively know that some of the greatest culinary treasures are found off the beaten path.  And while Paris may be a taste maker epicenter, the whole of France offers a wealth of delightful flavor sensations beyond the simple countryside plum and prunes dish. To get a sampling of the beautiful rich simplicity of Southern French cooking, one need only cross the Boston Public Gardens to Bistro du Midi at The Heritage On the Garden.

Offering outdoor, bar and dining room seating for lunch, brunch and dinner, Bistro du Midi is a wonderful representation of the best of Provençal cuisine. Executive Chef Robert Sisca draws from the flavors of the Midi region of France offering the freshest of meats, seafood and vegetables in bold modern flavors that are a delightful addition to any meal time gathering.

The restaurant settings are elegant and clean, much like a bistro you might see in Paris or in a quaint French countryside bistro. Outdoor dining is ideal for people watching in warmer weather, as Bostonians and tourists alike stroll by with armfuls of purchases from the nearby Newbury Street boutiques.  Or cozy up by the fireplace to take off that winter chill, with help from a cup of Valrhona hot chocolate with someone special. And no matter what the weather, a tall wall of windows offers beautiful natural light and the parks glowing beauty to shine through year round.

Of course no French cooking establishment would be complete without a remarkable selection of French wines from which to choose and this bistro is surely not one to disappoint.  Their hand selected offerings from the South of France exquisitely compliment every dish. You can find some more common brands on up to highly acclaimed and rare bottles listed on their well rounded wine menu.

And, should you wish to keep the smells of a roast turkey far from your homestead this year, Bistro du Midi is offering a wonderful Thanksgiving feast this year. Highlights include chestnut soup, turkey ballotine, duck, sweet potato puree and pumpkin mousse tart. And for an additional treat, add on fresh winter black truffles from Perigord for yourself and your guests. Reservations are being accepted now.

Location: The Heritage On the Garden, 272Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston 617.426.7878