This beautifully hidden French bistro in Holyoke St., Cambridge houses the best French food I have tried in Boston. The excellent service will invite you to a warm, romantic French adventure as they recommend a typical French meal with a perfect wine combination. Be sure to ask questions, their waiting service knows everything from the source of the dough to the chef’s legacy.
Begin by trying the Tarte Flambee specialty appetizer, an Alsatian tradition (the chef’s home region). You will be delighted by a very light & thin French dough with sheep’s milk feta cheese, caramelized onions and long stem marinated artichoke. You can pair it with a glass of white wine, ideally a pinot blanc to fully flavor this French “focaccia”.
The appetizers also hold a wide selection of French Foie Gras. I personally recommend the Assiette Gourmande which holds a homemade foie gras terrine (my personal favorite), a cognac foie gras mousse, and a mousse perigourdine with fruit compote. This is an excellent way of favoring different French tastes in one appetizer. Ideally pair this dish with a sweet wine to combine the foie gras flavor.
For an entr‚e you can delight in more of the Alsatian tradition through a choucrote, sauerkraut and meet combination. Or for a more common plate try the Terre et Mer, a combination of roast long island duck magret on a mushroom risotto paired with blue water prawns. Ask for the duck medium cooked to fully appreciate its flavor and enjoy this rich flavored dish.
Continue your French travesty with the Cheese plate accompanied by fig compote. This dish is ideally paired with an Oporto to further combine the sweet-salty taste.
You must absolutely finish by trying the hazelnut chocolate desert. Imagine hazelnut chocolate inside a very light pastry over a hazelnut ice cream mouse, it was divine. Complement this dessert with an ice wine, or their desert coffee recommendations.
If budget is on your mind you can still enjoy this delicious restaurant. Celebrate Sandrine’s 10th Anniversary by receiving $10 deals November-December. Ask for the Prixe Frixe Menu for $37 which is a great deal or just visit and sample a couple of appetizers or desserts.
8 Holyoke St. 617 497-5300