Tiny tables tucked just off a bustling sidewalk. An affordable list of vin ordinaire. Waiters with accents who casually slip into French (but speak mostly English, so you can understand them).
A bistro in Boston so authentic you’ll think you’re in Paris?
Well, we won’t go that far, especially because Kenmore Square’s new Petit Robert Bistro does have a few decidedly American notes (most obviously in the form of the “burgerdogs” it serves as a nod to its Red Sox neighbors). But it comes close, thanks to the careful oversight of chef/co-owner Jacky Robert — formerly of the celebrated Maison Robert.
Robert sees to it that the food — roasted organic chicken, house-made pate, lobster bisque — is fresh and delish and that prices (in the tradition of real French bistros, where diners can afford to eat every day) are reasonable. Nothing at lunch is more than $15, and dinner entrees are less than $20.
Leaving only the question: Where to spend all the money you’ve saved?
Well, Paris is pretty darn nice this time of year.
Petit Robert Bistro, 468 Commonwealth Avenue, between Charlesgate West and Kenmore Street, Kenmore Square (617-375-0699).