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Bistro du Midi

We went to Bistro du Midi for Mother's Day. The service was exceptionally slow, it was loud, and the food did not bowl me over. The Mac n Cheese with lobster was dry, the mussels had too much pernod, the burger arrived almost raw. I did like my ceasar salad and their smoked salmon eggs benedict was well prepared.

It was expensive, not really worth the price. I was wondering what experiences others have had.

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Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

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  1. Haven't been yet, looking forward to trying it though. I have heard good (not great things).

    Of course, Mother's Day is right up there with New Years Eve, Valentine's Day and Restaurant Week as a tough day to get a true read on a restaurant.

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    1. re: Gabatta

      I actually went to Bistro du Midi for Valentine's Day and had a really wonderful time. There were a few issues with service like when our dessert course was served to the table next to us that had just been seated with the bread basket but they were quick to fix any errors. The house charcuterie plate, seafood bouillabaisse and Grand Marnier souffle were all highlights to the meal but my favorite dish was definitely the fried artichokes!

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      Bistro du Midi
      272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

    2. My boss went a couple weeks ago (on my rec, not having gone) and wasn't overly thrilled. I think the slow service was a Mother's Day issue, they had fun at the upstairs bar, but he wasn't wowed by the food.

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      1. re: Joanie

        I've said this before, but Mother's Day -- and Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Restaurant Week, brunch, and possibly Thanksgiving Day -- are not good times to judge what a restaurant is really about. I've had pretty good experiences at Bistro du Midi, but those were in its first few weeks of operation, also maybe not the best time to judge a place.

        http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        Bistro du Midi
        272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

      2. We took a client there for dinner on a Sunday night (which typically is not a good day to measure the overall experience of a restaurant), and had very nice service, excellent food and really enjoyed the overall ambiance of the space (a great job was done with the new design and decorating). Both the fish and beef dishes were done with skill and the apps and deserts rounded out the meal very nicely. I'm very suprised and sorry to hear you were so disappointed. Reports overall have been up and down. I'm sure glad mine was up. Will be returning.
        Enjoy,
        CocoDan

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        1. re: CocoDan

          What time and day are the best days to go to restaurants in general? Are Tuesdays better then Sundays? Are Thursday better then other days? Also is going at 6:00pm OK to beat the large crowds?

          1. re: Torolover

            Possibly referring to the old saw that Sunday is often the exec chef's day off, so you're getting the work of a lieutenant.

            http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

            1. re: Torolover

              I know, it does become a little ridiculous when you supposedly can't go to a restaurant on one day and get as good a meal as some other day.

              1. re: Joanie

                I agree that, except for the Restaurant Hell Days I mentioned above, and the fact that brunch is its own thing, you ought to be able to get a consistent experience at a restaurant regardless of the day of the week or time of day. But achieving that consistency every day, regardless of who's in the kitchen, might be the toughest aspect of the restaurant business.

                I try to avoid sitting down at the very beginning of service and especially at the very end. You don't want the figurative first pancake out of the pan, or to be that last-minute customer keeping the staff from buttoning up and going home.

                http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

              2. re: Torolover

                Most folks that frequently dine out know with some certainty that chefs usually take Sunday and/or Monday off. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll get bad food, but things are usually a little different. Not to mention the wait staff is not usually the "A" team. That being said, we frequently eat out on Sundays and Mondays, and enjoy very good food and service.

                Oh, going at 6:00PM is a good idea. Leaves time for a little jazz after dinner.
                Enjoy,
                CocoDan

              1. finally tried this and, in general, was pleased. Positives: loved the babajuans, which are crisp little pastry packets stuffed with pancetta and kale, goat cheese and honey, and foie gras (three separate sets, not all together!!). Friends enjoyed their mussels: very traditional, very bistro with a good white wine/pastis sauce. Sea bass with fennel and a marvelous, kind of lemon marmalade sauce was excellent, the fennel in particular was a standout. the classic boulliabaise was well-received by my friends. I was less impressed: had a taste and thought the fish insufficiently varied and the rouille a bit subdued. hubby liked the monkfish with pancetta but found it a tad too salty. the bread was good as was the olive oil (an excellent breadstick and a decent foccaccia). The apricot beignets with chocolate sauce was the standout desert - the clafouti was faithful to the traditional version and had excellent vanilla ice cream, but the traditional version happends to be a bit heavy.
                The room is handsome but, just as it was in Biba and Excelsior days, too loud. I wouldn't come late or on weekends because the noise level on a Thursday at 7 was just barely bearable and i can only imagine it gets worse as the night progresses.
                service was mixed. our waiter was charming but managed to screw up twice: brought our gluten-free friend her mussels with the bread on them and forgot the clafouti. to give him credit, he corrected with grace and no harm was done. we liked the wine list and enjoyed our choice of a Chateau Peyrassol(sp?). also liked that the list has lots of reasonably priced choices and found the sommelier helpful and unpretentious.
                We'll definitely go back to try some other things, though, in my mind, not the bouilliabaisse.