From Phaedra Cook of the Houston Press..
Bistro Provence, 13616 Memorial: With a menu ranging from the classics, like duck magret, to the creative, such as goat-cheese filled ravioli with scallop and shrimp, every guest should be able to find a dish to match his or her mood at Genevieve Guy's cozy French outpost. In the summer, the vichyssoise is a must-try. The occasional wine dinners here are always special, too, often featuring wines from high-quality, small vineyards and sourced via French Country Wines in Rice Village. Critic's Pick.
Experience a fresh take on familiar French dishes at Bistro Provence
By Holly Beretto -
Get reacquainted with the new and improved French cuisine of Memorial-area mainstay, Bistro Provence. "After 17 years, we needed to be better at what we do, without throwing out what people enjoy about us,” says Bistro Provence’s owner Genevieve Guy.
While the restaurant has several regulars who love the Provencal comfort food, the menu had become a bit tired.
All that is in the past. And that’s because Guy had the good sense to hire Cedric Vernin, a wunderkind out of Bourgogne who’s shaking things up – and infusing the French country menu with even more French flair.
A New Spin on French Classics
Terrine de Joues de Boeuf | Photo courtesy of Bistro Provence
Consider, just for a minute, the Terrine de Joues de Boeuf, a classic French regional dish that’s one of Bistro Provence’s new appetizers. It’s rich, but excellent in its execution, the beef cheeks joyously flavored, and accompanied by a Gribiche sauce, an accompaniment that is classically French. The mayonnaise-style sauce pops with a pickled essence, and proves a perfect partner to the richness of the terrine.
Then there’s the Soupe de Poisson “Marseillaise,” a sheer delight of shellfish and tomato broth that puts any of the city’s bouillabaisses on notice: Bistro Provence is a contender.