Six friends and I ate at Bistro du Midi on Saturday night. The food was over salted, the meat was chewy and the service left a lot to be desired. The salad was almost inedible due to excessive salt, my rack of lamb and another person's steak were very chewy and two out of three people who ordered coffee did not get it until they flagged down the waiter who didn't bother to apologize, just said "yuh" when asked for the ordered coffee. We will not be returning.
Bistro du Midi
272 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116
Dined last night for the first time. Good but not great. Service was very odd, seemed as though the server was more annoyed with us than anything. Bottled water service at room temperature, server just poured and then informed us that it "needs to chill". That was $7 wasted. Food was fine, $6 for 1/4 cup of polenta is a little insane as a side, other side of roasted veggies were nice but expensive as well. Asked for cream with coffee, got 1% milk. Coffee was lukewarm. Refill from same pot, ice cold. My fault for not saying anything, but the server honestly didn't seem to care, so my complaint would have fallen on deaf ears. Pretty room, but no need to return in my opinion.
I have a problem drinking MOST coffee without cream (it kinda bothers my stomach) - milk just doesn't work for me. I find a LOT of places don't serve cream for coffee - they usually just send out milk. If you ask the server, they can tell you if it they are sending out cream, which is usually just half & half. Most of the "take out" coffee places use half & half - they just pour in in those silver canisters marked cream (Starbucks does - I've actually seen them do that on High Street).
Dunkin Donuts uses real cream, but if you go to New York & order a "regular" there, you get milk - that's how they drink it there (you get cream in Boston if you order a regular). The girl at the 42nd Street (?) Dunks heard me talking with someone while I was in line & when I went to order, she asked me if I was from Boston (which I thought was kinda odd since I hadn't even told her what I wanted yet). That's when she filled me in on the "New York regular", & made sure I got cream (& she got the extra tip for that - few things start off your day worse than a bad cup of coffee!).
Some servers have been nice enough to offer (I didn't ask - they suggested) to go into the kitchen to get me heavy cream since all they had was milk, & the kitchen was using heavy cream so it was available. I usually either stick to tea, or if they have half & half, I only drink a small amount of coffee if I'm really craving a cup after a good meal.