Chez Moi, a French bistro that took over the former La Mancha space at Atlantic Avenue and Henry Street has opened its doors. The soft opening was yesterday evening, and it appears they’ll be taking a week or two to work out operational kinks and flesh out the “classic French with a twist” menu.
My wife and I stopped in tonight for a quick bite to gauge the offerings. The atmosphere offers low light, painted walls and background French jazz & blues playing. A young wait-staff was eager to assist and to take comments on the menu and preparations.
While the menu details are being fleshed out (a charcuterie and cheese offering is promised in the future), we decided to try two French classics: Roast Chicken and Steak Frites. The chicken dish was excellent with an extremely moist breast and leg served with pureed potatoes and seasonal vegetables in a flavorful jus. My wife’s steak was delicious, but the sides (steamed spinach and garlic fries) could have used some punching up. A side dish of haricot vert, however, was excellent: crisp and garlicky, and served quickly after a last-minute order.
We also enjoyed two of the desserts: a warm (not “molten”) chocolate cake on a plate drizzled with salted caramel, and a creme brûlée punched up with a nice taste of citron and served with fresh berries.
The rest of the menu is on the short side as Chez Moi gets up and running. Other options included Onion Soup, Croque Madame, Bouillabaisse and Mussels, along with a few salads and vegetable accompaniments.
One area that could use some improvement is the wine list. The owners (a French-Swedish couple) are planning an “affordable” neighborhood place, but the available wines (a mix of French, italian and New World offerings) were a bit on the high side. Some more affordable options in the low $30 range would be a nice addition.
Chez Moi is currently open for dinner until 11 p.m. (later on weekends). Plans are underway to add weekend brunch and a lunch menu. Looks like this will be another promising addition to the Atlantic Avenue scene.