As you all know, we like to travel! We also like to eat! Although I typically post more recipes than restaurant reviews, I decided that today I would bring you all to a great local restaurant that we dine at quite frequently and is a must try the next time you are in town!
Bridge Street Bistrot & Wine Bar
64 Bridge Street Portsmouth, NH 03801
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 5pm – 10pm
The historic seaport of downtown Portsmouth, NH attracts both locals and tourists alike. With all of the culture that Portsmouth possesses, there are numerous restaurants of various cuisines that you can choose from. It can honestly be a bit overwhelming choosing a place to dine, but that just means that you will have to come back and visit again! However, if you are in the mood for deliciously homemade French cuisine, then there is only one place to go – Bridge St. Bistrot and Wine Bar.
Formerly Café Mirabelle, Bridge Street is famous for its Parisian and country French cuisine, along with its collection of wine and rose’s that you can enjoy outside in the summer! The owner, Stephen (a Frenchman himself), and his wife, Christine, make you feel at home the second you walk through the restaurants door. In fact, not only will you feel at home, but you’ll also actually be inside the owner’s home that they have converted into their restaurant. To add to the comforting atmosphere, the lights are always dimmed and the inside is small and cozy with Eiffel towers, Parisian décor, and hanging lights entwined with branches along the ceiling so that you feel you are being transported to a small French village, dining in a local café.
With an extensive menu, true to Stephen’s heritage, it is difficult to choose just one item. Luckily, they offer a prix fixe menu and special event menus (such as a Valentine’s day option, hint hint) that typically includes four courses l for a fixed price. Although everything at Bridge Street is mouth-wateringly delicious, their best menu items (in my book at least) include the Crêpe Aux Champignons, a wild mushroom crêpe, for an appetizer, the, and the crab and lobster stuffed salmon with a creamy champagne shallot sauce (typically a seasonal menu item), and the Magret of Duck, a boneless breast of duck served with mushrooms and a balsamic reduction, for dinner. Then of course, there is dessert! At Bridge Street, you will find a dessert option for anyone’s tastes. Are you a chocolate fan? Then go for their flourless chocolate cake with crème anglaise. Not a chocolate fan? Then try their white chocolate mousse or calfoutis – a traditional French apple custard cake. They also offer a classic favorite – crème brulee. However, the absolute favorite of Bridge Street regulars is their famous profiterole, or cream puff. Baked to perfection with vanilla bean ice cream in the center and topped with Stephen’s special chocolate sauce, their profiterole is sure to please!
Downstairs Wine Bar
Reservations are recommended for upstairs dining since seating is limited, but you can always stop in for a drink and bite in their wine bar downstairs too. You can also rent out Bridge Street for private functions and events, such as rehearsal dinners and corporate dinners. If you visit their website - http://bridgestreetbistrot.com - the owners sometimes post recipes, coupons, and they even host cooking classes. Bon Appetit!