new french bistro in Lincoln
Has anyone been to AKA Bistro in Lincoln? Has a nice Web site and menu (also on Open Table), but no reviews or feedback yet. Have been to Cast Iron Kitchen in Maynard, and enjoyed it, but deciding whether to go back or give AKA a try.
Cast Iron Kitchen
177 Main Street, Maynard, MA 01754
Just want to point out that Lincoln is a lot closer than you think. One year, when I forgot to mail my taxes, I left my house in Lincoln at 11:30pm and made it to the Central Square post office at 11:45pm. Sure I may have been driving a tad fast, but it's really a lot closer than most people think!
I have been to the restaurant and have good reviews to share with you. I went and had the French items and what I had knocked me off my feet. What you probably already know is that they have some excellent chefs, so the food they are putting out is top notch. Its a small spot, so you will definitely have to make reservations (they are on open table) and they have a nice wine list. They also serve beer, but I don't think Lincoln is willing to accept liquor just yet. They will eventually offer "menus of the day" but its too early for that I guess, as the whole menu is new so they don't have to add in specials quite yet. They are also going to be doing weekend brunches. Can you imagine fresh chocolate croissants as they are made by a French chef? I can't even stand it, this place is amazing and is only going to get better. Hallelujah for Lincoln!
I'm going to write a bit more (sorry, I can't stop myself) I posted this on Yelp and feel I should share it here as well...
Being a local I was sure to be there on the first day, and succeeded :)The first impression was very nice, warm and fitting to the surroundings, the layout & atmosphere matched that of this charming little town. There is a wraparound couch on the street side with chairs as well, and on the parking lot side there is a sushi bar area with a high top table for dropping in.
I went with my boyfriend and we sat in the booth area and both opted for French items. I started with the curly endive salad with bacon and poached egg. It was incredible. An egg poached like only the French can do it. I couldn't believe how good it was, I think it must be one of the best items on the menu although quite a simple choice. He had the pate and loved it, however I'm not a pate person (I tried it and it was very good actually, but its not something I go for). I then had the mussels & frites and that was delicious but far too large of an entree. He had the coq au vin and it was divine, I must add that this was served in a crock that was so adorable you almost wanted to jump in yourself, really just the most darling thing. We had a great bottle of wine and totally enjoyed ourselves.
The prices were reasonable for what you are getting. Really an excellent value for the quality of food. I feel guilty living so close to something this good. The whole night I couldn't quite get over the fact that I was sitting in Lincoln eating this exquisite meal.
Looking forward to going back again and try some sushi. Sushi in Lincoln! Lincoln?! I just can't get over it.
I can second the excellent reviews by LBNova above, as I went this week and loved it! It turned out to be a lot closer to Cambridge than I thought (as Blumie posted above) and Lincoln is easily accessible from Route 2 and via the commuter rail as well. As mentioned above it's not a huge venue, so reservations are definitely recommended,
The atmosphere there was relaxed despite being opening week and great fun with outstanding service as well (I think our server was called Dora and she couldn't have been more helpful or attentive). It really is a genuinely exciting new restaurant for the area. The way that they've managed to split the restaurant into two distinct areas for Japanese and French food was impressive and a number of tables near to us in the main restaurant were taking advantage of both types of cuisine.
As Sablemerle mentioned above, they really are keeping the menus authentic (any children that brave the snails or frogs legs should be commended, as I doubt I would have done at that age!) with steak hache alongside omakase options. It'll be interesting to see how the brunch, terrace and take-out menus look in due course and how the place develops with time, as it looks like a surefire winner at the moment already.
If you get the chance to visit, then I can't recommend the new AKA Bistro in Lincoln highly enough!