Welcome to Bistrot La Minette
|An authentic French Bistrot in Philadelphia|
Bistrot La Minette is the realization of Chef Peter Woolsey's dream that began a decade ago during his culinary studies in France: to create a restaurant that would share his love of the authentic bistrot experience with his fellow Philadelphians.
"Chef Woolsey possesses a to-the-millisecond intuition for exactly when to pull cuts from the stove and the stock pot."
- Philadelphia Weekly
December 2013 at Bistrot La Minette
Here’s what’s happening in December at Bistrot La Minette:
IT'S BLACK TRUFFLE SEASON
Throughout the month we will be offering a black truffle supplement on some of our dishes. These incredibly fragrant, delicious fungi are harvested in the Périgord region of southwest France in the late fall and winter, using specially trained dogs to sniff out their presence under the soil around oak trees. So indulge while you can!
I'M MOVING INTO WINTER DISHES
Starting Thu. Dec. 19, I will be moving into some of the heartier dishes of winter. I'm bringing back Potage Parmentier, the winter root-vegetable soup, our popular Cassoulet, and a new pork chop dish with truffles. More to come after the new year.
DINER DE NOEL: A TRADITIONAL FRENCH CHRISTMAS DINNER
From December 13th through 23rd and 26th through 30th, we will serve a traditional French Christmas dinner. Though the French tend to eat rather modestly most of the year, at Christmas dinner, traditionally served from 8 pm until well after midnight on Christmas Eve, they pull out all the stops and feast on luxurious food and lots of it. Our dinner would be at home in any neighborhood bistro in France, or in a French home. In my wife’s family they actually expect us to eat 2–3 dozen oysters (per person!!!), a couple dozen escargot and two types of foie gras (duck and goose) and that is just the appetizers! Our menu will touch on all the traditional foods without creating that unpleasant roll-me-out-of-the-dining-room-and-into-bed feeling. This menu is not to be missed.
Five courses $65; with wine pairings, $100.
Les Huîtres Little Shemogue oysters, smoked whipped cream, caviar
De Perriere Rosé Rosé blend, Burgundy
Terrine de Foie Gras Foie gras terrine, toasted pain d'epices, endive, cassis purée
Domaine Zind Humbrecht Riesling, Alsace
Trou Normand Calvados, pear sorbet ($7 supplement)
Homard à l'Américaine Butter-poached lobster, American sauce, grilled white asparagus, black trumpet mushrooms
Domaine de la Quilla Muscadet Melon de Bourgogne, Loire
Chevreuil Forestière Seared venison loin, forestiere sauce, duchess potatoes, bacon-seared Brussels sprouts
Château Gachon, St Emilion Cabernet Franc/Merlot, Bordeaux
Bûche de Noël Traditional French Christmas Yule log: chocolate jaconde, hazelnut pastry cream, pistachio ice cream, white chocolate shavings
La Fleur Renaissance Sauternes, Bordeaux
NEW YEAR'S EVE, DEC. 31
In France, New Year's Eve (la Saint-Sylvestre) is usually celebrated with a feast, le Réveillon de la Saint-Sylvestre. This feast customarily includes special dishes including foie gras, seafood such as oysters, and champagne. The celebration can be a simple, intimate dinner with friends and family or, une soirée dansante, a much fancier ball.
The reservations are filling up fast, so make yours soon!!! We will offer our regular menu plus a number of luxurious, spectacular specials to ring out the old and ring in the new. This year, we will be taking your credit card number to hold your reservation.
CAN'T FIND THE PERFECT SOMETHING FOR A HARD-TO-SHOP-FOR FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER?
Buy them a Bistrot La Minette Gift Card! You can get a card in any amount and they never expire. Got a list of friends or colleagues who you want to thank for the past year? A Bistrot gift card is a tasteful way to let them know your appreciation. Even a small one can give them a wonderful appetizer and drink, or desserts and coffe for two. Ask your server the next time you're in, or order one here on our website, using PayPal.
COMING IN JANUARY
We will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7th, for our annual staff party.
I recently spent several days in Alsace enjoying the food at some of Strasbourg's famous brasseries. So, I thought it would be a great idea to create a little culinary trip to this French region along the border of Germany. The dates will be Tues., Jan. 15th and Wed., Jan. 16th (note that we are not scheduling this regional dinner in the usual Wed.-Thu. slot). As usual, four courses, $35; with wine pairings, $50. I'll post the menu here later in the month.
For the first time this year, we are joining Center City Restaurant Week. From January 19th–31st we will offer a three-course prix fixe menu for $35. See our menu here: http://www.centercityphila.org/life/menu.php?meal=2&id=235
—Chef Peter WOOLSEY