Sips Bistro and Bar
Fabien Chaigneau has labored over stoves in the Dominican Republic and Philadelphia, yet his bouillabaisse—a stew of mussels, clams, salmon, and prawns—will tell you that he hasn't lost touch with his native Pays de la Loire, a coastal French region. His menu at SIPS Bistro & Bar acts as a conduit for this culinary nostalgia. Duck confit, arrays of cheeses, and a catalog of French wines transport palates overseas, and brie sandwiches and hors d'oeuvres of bruschetta preserve an airy bistro ambiance. According to a feature in the Phoenixville Patch, however, Fabien's ultimate mission is not to fully transplant the European gourmet scene, but to render its platters at once delicious and affordable to the community.
The restaurant's 118-year-old building complements the food's rustic appeal. At the original bar, handcrafted cocktails mix fresh fruit purées with champagne and schnapps. Bricks line a sunlit archway and the ground of the outdoor courtyard. A fountain burbles quietly on the patio's edges, but its sound is masked by jazz music during Saturday and Sunday brunch—a prix fixe experience that pairs housemade crepes and norwegian eggs with smooth songs, such as Singin' in the Rain’s "Good Morning."