French Restaurants in Lexington


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  • AKA Bistro
    The French-Asian duality of AKA Bistro is practically embedded in its founders? DNA. Christian Touche made his way behind the scenes of upscale restaurants in France and Switzerland when still a teenager. His Honolulu-born business partner, Executive Chef Chris Chung, grew up in the rich culinary climate of Macao?a former Portuguese colony on the coast of China?before returning to Hawaii to study sushi. Touche's and Chung?s paths converged thanks to Boston dining superstar Kenneth Oringer?Touche was working at Clio and Chung was working at Uni when the two met. At AKA Bistro, they?ve transported the upscale ingredients and techniques of both establishments to a less-formal dining space that?s a study in openness, with plentiful windows channeling light onto long tables and comfy booths. The dining room opens onto the kitchen, where guests might catch a glimpse of chefs drawing out flavor and color from sashimi plates of tuna, salmon, and lobster by glazing them with aromatic sauces and topping them with seasonal accents such as compressed Asian pear or black garlic vinaigrette. ?There?s plenty of imagination, but Chung knows when to back off and let the fish?s flavor come through,? Boston magazine remarked of the Japanese side of the menu. The sounds of sizzling might herald French courses such as hand-cut beef tartare or escargots served with bacon and an herb-tinged butter jus. And like the preceding courses, desserts change nightly and display a careful orchestration of color and flavor. In the strawberry-rhubarb genoise with cr?me fra?che, for instance, bits of red fruit pop against the garnish of a single violet petal. The fusion of warm and cool continues even off the plate: a patio welcomes guests to dine outdoors much of the year, thanks to heat lamps and rainclouds? aversion to ruining a good plate of steak frites.
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    145 Lincoln Road
    Lincoln, MA US
  • Lumiere
    When he was honored as one of America's Best New Chefs in 2000 by Food & Wine, Michael Leviton was noted for “paring extraneous elements from his French-influenced dishes.” With six consecutive James Beard Award nominations (2005–2010), his desire for simplicity continues today. When not busy with his work as director of the Board of Overseers of the Chefs Collaborative—a network for chefs dedicated to promoting sustainable food—Leviton commands the kitchen at Lumière. Hailed by Boston magazine as one of the city’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2011, Lumière combines French flavors and preparations with modern techniques and a surfeit of local, organic, and sustainable ingredients. The menus routinely change to incorporate new or seasonal ingredients, though eaters can view the sample dinner menu to get an idea of the Leviton's creations and perfect handwriting. Meals unfold inside a 88-seat dining room with a 5-seat bar that serves local beers, international wines, and house-made specialty cocktails.
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    1293 Washington St
    West Newton, MA US
  • Aquitaine Bis
    If you're craving a little coq au vin, head over to Aquitaine Bis. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Aquitaine Bis' fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal. Little guys and gals will also love dining at Aquitaine Bis, which offers a family-friendly environment (and menu). Seating is readily available at Aquitaine Bis for those with large parties. Reservations are available, so give the restaurant a call before you head over for the fastest seating. No need to be formal, business casual will pass. Looking for something delicious to serve at your next party? Aquitaine Bis also offers catering. Take advantage of the free parking next door to Aquitaine Bis. Store your bike at a nearby rack and enjoy a bite to eat at Aquitaine Bis. Checks are bigger than average at the restaurant, so prepare your wallet. At Aquitaine Bis, you have the option of paying by major credit card. Head on over to Aquitaine Bis first thing in the morning or last thing in the evening — Aquitaine Bis is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
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    11 Boylston St
    Chestnut Hill, MA US
  • Mr Crepe
    Located in Mr Crepe, Mr Crepe's crepes have a gooey inside and crisp outside. There are no low-fat options here, though, so save a few extra calories for your next visit. Let the kids come too! Little ones love the food and atmosphere at Mr Crepe just as much as their parents do. Warm weather brings out Mr Crepe's highly coveted patio seating. Arrive a little on the early side for your pick of the prime tables — no reservations are accepted at Mr Crepe. No need to gussy up for a trip to Mr Crepe, where patrons dress for comfort and fun. Or, take your food to go. Drive or take public transit to Mr Crepe, a conveniently located restaurant with parking options and public transit access nearby. Diners that drive to dinner will find street parking readily available at Mr Crepe's Davis Sq address. For those who travel by bike, Mr Crepe offers bike racks for diners. Delicious food doesn't have to be expensive, as shown by the delicious fare coming out of Mr Crepe's kitchen. Chow down on breakfast, lunch, or dinner fare at Mr Crepe — they're open for all three meals.
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    51 Davis Sq
    Somerville, MA US
  • The Elephant Walk - Cambridge
    To say The Elephant Walk's co-founder Kenthao de Monteiro had an extremely exciting life before opening up the eatery is putting it a bit mildly. The French-educated politician was once an important diplomat in Cambodia, working as the minister of education and vice president of the Cambodian National Assembly and then serving as the Cambodian ambassador to Taiwan. According to the New York Times, he was working as the ambassador when the Khmer Rouge took over Phnom Penh in 1975. He and his wife, Longteine de Monteiro, lost everything and spent the ensuing years in Taiwan and France, where they opened a restaurant that displayed Longteine's cooking skills. They eventually made their way over to America in the early '90s and opened another restaurant, The Elephant Walk. The Elephant Walk now serves up traditional Cambodian entrees, such as the cubed beef tenderloin in black-pepper sauce and lemongrass chicken breast, as well as classic French dishes, such as steak in red-wine beef jus. The menu also caters to vegans, vegetarians, and those with gluten allergies. For those who want to learn how to re-create the dishes at home to impress family, friends, and judgmental cats, The Elephant Walk offers cooking classes led by Longteine, her daughter, Nadsa, and French chef G?rard Lopez.
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    2067 Massachusetts Ave
    Cambridge, MA US
  • Bondir restaurant
    It’s impossible to predict what will come out of Bondir’s kitchen at any given time. Chef Jason Bond makes sure of that. Growing up in Wyoming and Kansas, Jason was exposed to a “root-cellar” style of cooking that he still practices now—meaning that his menu relies entirely on whatever his local farmers have for him each day. So though you might see dishes such as Alaskan Ivory King salmon and stone-ground blue corn grits on one evening's menu, what you'll see the following evening really depends on the season and the veggies, fish, and meats that Jason’s network of producers has reaped that morning. That's not to say he has no part in the process, of course—he personally collaborates with the purveyors to sustainably raise unique vegetables and rare breeds of livestock to keep Bondir’s cuisine interesting. The approach has definitely garnered attention, earning countless press accolades from the likes of Zagat and The Boston Phoenix, along with an invitation for Jason to team up with Harvard to create recipes for its Science and Cooking curriculum.
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    279A Broadway
    Cambridge, MA US

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