The Menu and Specials
22 April 2017
Quiche Lorraine 8
Fresh mushroom soup 6
Lentil pate 7
Boudin noir 20
Daube de boeuf 19
Lamb shank confit 21
Roasted quail stuffed with foie gras and sausage 23
Bananas baked in goat cheese 7
Fruit rouge (strawberries in local maple syrup, white wine, and vodka over vanilla ice cream) 7
If you can, call ahead and reserve a special item.
We have limited quantities.
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.
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).*
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
for 26 April 2017
menu prix fixe $15
(for lunch only; 3 courses)
Tomato or mushroom soup
Catch of the day (scallops provencale) or
beef daube or
a main course of baked ratatouille or
a main course of quiche lorraine
Local maple syrup over vanilla ice cream
menu prix fixe $20
(for lunch only; 3 courses)
choice of soup or pâté
Feroe Island salmon or
duck or lamb confit or
any of the main courses
in the prix fixe menu above
dessert of the day or a 3 cheese plate
Soup of the day—fresh mushroom soup (Paris) 6
Tomato soup—a tomato, bread, onion, and garlic soup (French southwest) 6
Quiche du jour—today's quiche (Lorraine) 8 / main plate 10
Country pâté—a slice of traditional French country-style pâté (Lozére) 8
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 10
Feroe Island Salmon—salmon baked in parchment with lemon and olive oil (Paris) 22
Ragout—beef cooked in red wine with mushrooms, black olives, and onions (Gard) 19
Duck confit—Quebec duck confited and then roasted with herbs de Provence (Quercy) 21
Cassoulet—white bean, duck confit, roast pork, lardon, kielbasa, and Toulouse sausage stew (Soumieres) 23
Plus specials of the day (see above)
Custard fruit tart—a slice of a custard based tart (southern France) 7
Cream puff—a French style cream filled pastry 7
Paris-Brest—a pastry filled with a light chocolate cream with almonds on top 7
Cheese plate—a selection of five cheeses 13; a selection of three cheeses 7
San Pellegrino lrg 4 coffee or tea 2 iced tea 2 espresse 2 dbl espresse 4
For a good selection of French wines to go with our food, we recommend the selections at The Winebuyer's Outlet in Sturbridge, Colonial Spirits on Main Street, Southbridge, 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 (Easter)
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.