The  Metro Bistrot

 

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"The meal tells a story. The table is a stage." Alain Ducasse

 

The Menu and Specials 

 

 

Specials
for Wednesday
21 February 2018

Mushroom soup  6 / bowl  8
Lobster quiche  7

Veal ragout  21
Cassoulet  23
Roast stuffed boneless quail  25

French upside down apple cake  7
French cream puff  7

If you can, call ahead and reserve a special item.
We have limited quantities.

Our Menu

Our menu changes somewhat each day or week based on the freshness and availability of foods and the number of items we are able to offer. Consequently, we try to update the menu on this website to reflect these changes and specials.
However, for lunch Wednesday thru Friday, we feature a two three course set menus for $15 or $20 (called a "formule" or a "menu prix fixe" in French ). For example, a luncheon special usually features a choice of either fish in parchment or a French stew
as a main dish with a choice of soup for starters and ending with a dessert.

WARNING
We do not serve butter with our bread or oil with spices (that's not even Italian, but Californian), much to the shock of many a customer. These are Anglo-American creations (because the bread is so bad) and not what is served in your typical French bistrot in deep France, except those which have become over-run by Anglo-Nordic tourists, especially in Paris or in certain areas in the south of France usually east of the Rhône. Still, if you like, you may BYOB (bring your own butter; there is now a corkage fee of $5 for the first bottle and $10 for two or more).*
Finally, let me say that certain items must be cooked in a certain way, and if not, are terrible. We will not ruin a dish to please a customer. We know that everyone has to cook enough meals at home and can ruin food for themselves; I certainly have done enough of that. We believe we should not have to do that even if it means not pleasing a customer. We would not be a French bistrot in Southbridge (i.e. exile) if we thought the customer is always right (apologies to Mr. Selfridge's late Victorian sensibilities and his American heirs, Mad Men).

*From The French Way by Ross Steele "At meals the French usually break bread with their hands and eat it without butter." p. 10



Luncheon specials
for 21 February 2018


menu prix fixe  $15
(for lunch only; 3 courses)
Tomato or mushroom soup

Cod provencale or
a main course of baked ratatouille or
a main course of quiche

Fruit rouges

menu prix fixe  $20
(for lunch only; 3 courses)
choice of soup or pâté

Faroe Island salmon or
veal ragout or
any of the main courses
in the prix fixe menu above

dessert of the day or a 3 cheese plate

METRO BISTROT
         Menu
Starters                                                                                                                                             

    Tomato soup—a tomato, bread, onion, and garlic soup (Bordeaux)  6 / bowl  8

   Soup of the day—fresh mushroom soup (Paris / Dallas)  6 / bowl  8

   
Quiche du jourtoday's quiche (Lorraine)  8 / main plate 12

    
Country pâtéa slice of traditional French country-style pâté  (Lozére)   

    Snails—six snails cooked in parsley garlic butter (Burgundy)  13
   
    Baked ratatouille—a vegetable medley baked with a light cheese topping (Provence)  7 / main plate  12
   

Main Dishes

     Faroe Island Salmon—salmon baked in parchment with olive oil and lemon (Paris)  22

    Poached scallopsNantucket Bay sea scallops poached in a vermouth and cream sauce (Normandy)  24
   
    Ragout or daube—veal, lamb, pork, or beef cooked in wine with mushrooms, carrots, and onions (Occitanie)  20
 
    
Duck confita duck thigh and leg confited and then roasted with herbs de Provence (Quercy)  21 

    
Cassoulet—roast pork, duck confit, sausage, kielbasa, veal ragout, and Alpine ham in a white bean casserole (Toulouse)  23

    Filet au cassis—two petit filets sautéed with a cassis reduction sauce (Rhone)  30    
     
    Plus specials of the day (see above)

Desserts
   
     
Clafoutisa slice of a custard based fruit tart made with sour cherries (southern France)  7

     Fruit rouge—fresh strawberries and raspberries marinated in local maple syrup, brandy, and wine  7

     Chocolate mousse—a classic French dark chocolate pudding  7

     
Cheese plate—a selection of five cheeses  13; a selection of three cheeses  8

Beverages


    San Pellegrino lrg  4  coffee or tea  2   iced tea  2  espresse  2  dbl espresse  4 

BYOBwe charge a corkage fee of $5 for the first bottle and $10 for two or more 
For a good selection of French wines to go with our food, we recommend the selections at Austin Spirits on Main Street, Southbridge, The Winebuyer's Outlet in Sturbridge, Marty's in Dudley, Yankee Spirits in Sturbridge, or Pomfret Spirits in Pomfret, Connecticut.

Seating and Opening Hours
Lunch: Wed—Fri 11:30 am to 2:30 pm
Dinner Wed—Sat 5:30 to 9 pm
Sunday: Open on Holidays
We are closed Monday and Tuesday, and non-holiday Sundays.
Reservations are advised for Friday and Saturday evenings.
*A note on our Sunday holiday openings: The French do not have a Sunday brunch
with gobs of eggy dishes and bastardized or so-called creative combinations of food like chicken Florentine
(i.e. a dish of a cooked chicken breast with spinach done some which way;
it does not come from Firenze / Florence and is not made there except, maybe, in Anglo-American tourist hotels).
And if a brunch is found in France, it exists for Anglophone tourists.
So, we serve our usual menu on holiday Sundays with daily specials as would be found in a bistrot.

 
All dishes may be ordered to take-out, but please call ahead for orders of three or more.

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, shellfish, or fresh shell eggs
may increase your risk of food borne illnesses, especially if you have certain medical conditions.
Before placing your order, please inform your server if a person in your party has a food allergy.

Why is there a "t" at the end of Bistrot?
 

The "t" in our name of the Metro Bistrot is the original French spelling; the word in French comes from Russian probably meaning "fast". However, with the Anglo-American adoption of the French word, the silent last letter (as usually found in French), in this case the "t", was dropped off. Given Anglo-American pragmatism, the thinking seems to have been, "Why keep an extra letter in a name, silent and not pronounced; it just isn't necessary." Here at the Metro we have brought it back for authenticity and the story.

METRO BISTROT
          Easter Menu
Starters                                                                                                                                             

     Tomato soup—a tomato, bread, onion, and garlic soup (Bordeaux)  6 / bowl  8

    Crabe vichyssoise—a crab leek, potato, and parsnip soup finished with French saffron  (LaRochelle)  6 / bowl  8

    Lobster q
uichemade with New England lobster and free range eggs (Normandy)  8 / main plate 12

    Pâté au foie de chévre—house made local mushroom and goat liver pâté  (Burgundy)  7

    
Country pâtéa slice of French country-style pâté  (Lozére)   

    Snails—six snails cooked in parsley butter (Burgundy)  13
   
    Baked ratatouille—a vegetable medley baked with a light cheese topping (Provence)  7 / main plate  12

Main Dishes

     Cod—New Bedford cod filet baked in parchment with a mustard cream sauce (Normandy)  22

    Faroe Island Salmon—salmon baked in parchment with olive oil and lemon (Paris)  22

    Poached scallopsNantucket Bay sea scallops poached in a shiitake mushroom cream sauce (Brittany)  24
    
     Lamb ragout—goat cooked in a house-made light curry with mushrooms and onions (Gard)  21
 
    
Duck confita duck thigh and leg confited and then roasted with herbs de Provence (Quercy)  22 

    
Cassoulet—roast pork, duck confit, Toulouse sausage, and ragout in a white bean casserole (Toulouse)  23

    Filet au cassis—two petit filets sautéed with a cassis reduction sauce (Rhone)  30

Desserts
   
      Clafoutisa slice of a custard based fruit tart made with sour cherries or red fruit (southern France)  7

     Red fruit—fresh strawberries and raspberries in local maple syrup, wine, and French brandy (Alsace)  7

     Chocolate mousse—a smooth dark chocolate pudding (Orleans)  7

     Bananas au chevre—bananas baked with goat cheese topped with French vanilla ice cream (Gard)  7

     
Cheese plate—a selection of five cheeses  13; a selection of three cheeses  8

Beverages


    San Pellegrino lrg  4  coffee or tea  2   iced tea  2  espresse  2  dbl espresse  4 

BYOBhowever, we charge a corkage fee of $5 for one bottle and $10 for two or more  

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

 

 

  

  

 

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