Why wait ’til the weekend…when you can enjoy Happy Hour with us now?

Sure, everybody loves the weekend, but there’s no rule that says you have to save your good times for Friday and Saturday. Especially when we’ve got some great daily specials going at the Bistro, especially designed to lure you out of the house to enjoy yourself long before the weekend comes. Take a look…

Mondays: A limited selection of  our wine bottles are available at half price. Ask your server for more details. You might just discover a new label you really like, whether for sipping on its own or enjoying with an early-in-the-week dinner.

Tuesdays: It’s Happy Hour all night on Tuesdays! You needn’t get here before 6:30 to enjoy our drink and appetizer specials in the bar area–enjoy them all night long!

Wednesdays: Beer aficionados, this is your night of the week. Enjoy $2.50 “hump day” drafts all night.

Thursdays: Get your sophisticated side on for Martini Time. Enjoy $5 martinis all night.

Got a little cabin fever? Why not grab that special person or some good friends, get away and make an evening of it? The Bistro is waiting for you!

Wow! Asian Vegan Dinner was just what the doctor ordered

Hello, this is the Tenant again. I haven’t been fully myself since about the middle of last Friday night–had a combination of flu and cold and some such thing, bad enough to dampen my appetite (which doesn’t happen often). Well, I can tell you what brought it back: Vegan Night at the Bistro.

I was hesitant to sign up for dinner this time because I was afraid with my appetite, I wouldn’t be able to do it justice. But by Thursday evening I was feeling just better enough that I took a chance. Maybe it was that irresistible scent of ginger and lemongrass wafting up from the kitchen that turned the tide for me–I’m a sucker for Asian food. Whatever it was, I’m glad I did. This time I asked Ruth if she could prepare me a “to go” to take to my apartment and eat there, and although I did take pictures of it, I’m not really pleased with them so I’m skipping the visuals this time. If you weren’t there, you’re just going to have to take my word for it, but believe me, this one was delicious.

Things started off wonderfully with the Lemongrass-Ginger-Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushroom Wontons. Few things taste better when you’re not quite up to snuff than soup, and this hot, fragrant soup hit just the right note with its miso broth, delicate mushroom-stuffed wontons, bright asparagus spears and slices of lotus root. It just felt good right down to the toes.

The Panko-Nori and Sesame-Crusted Eggplant Cutlets were crisp and tasty, lying on their bed of jasmine rice mixed with sauteed Asian veggies and topped with the Edamame–Mint Sauce (which looked rather like bright green wasabi paste; thank goodness it doesn’t have any of the heat of wasabi paste!). One bite of this and I felt as if I were at a fantastic Chinese restaurant instead of in my apartment. Amazing! Not only did it restore my appetite, I felt as if I could’ve eaten another plateful.

Finally, there was the Coconut–Mint Panna Cotta with Fresh Berry Garnish. Mm-mm. I love coconut and I love berries, so this was ideal for me as well, and even a bit comforting with its cool puddinglike texture made tangy by rich berry sauce.

No doubt about it–this vegan dinner was good for what ailed me. Thanks, Ruth and Jakub! Looking forward to what you come up with next!

A glimpse of tonight’s Vegan Dinner, Asian-style

A few shots of preparations for tonight’s Vegan Dinner…

Panko-Nori and Sesame-Crusted Eggplant Cutlets…

Shiitake Mushroom Wontons for the Lemongrass-Ginger-Miso Soup…

Coconut Panna Cottas…

Fresh berries waiting to garnish the Panna Cottas…

…And Chef Jakub is chopping ginger and Asian veggies for the Saute.

Weather warning: it’s looking pretty blizzardy out where we are right now. We’re getting lake-effect snow, so if you’re coming out for dinner, bundle up, leave well before your reservation time, and most of all, drive safely! We look forward to giving you a terrific dinner! (Also, if you write a vegan or vegetarian blog and enjoy your meal, please let us know you blogged about it–we’ll send you some link love and help other vegans and vegetarians find you!) See you soon!

Think outside the heart-shaped box: treat your sweetie to our Valentine’s Chocolate Dinner

Last year, our Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dinner proved that there can be much, much more to a romantic chocolate treat than candy in a box…or even the ubiquitous chocolate fountain. This year, we’re proving it again with five chocolate-inspired courses paired with five just-right wines. Join us Wednesday, February 15, at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy the savory as well as the sweet side of the cacao bean:

First Course
Pappardelle Pasta with Lobster in a White Chocolate-Saffron Cream Sauce
Wine: Serenade Sauvignon Blanc

Second Course
Espresso and Cocoa-Rubbed Medallion of Beef Tenderloin with Chocolate Merlot Demi-Glace
Arugula and Roasted Red Peppers
Wine: R & B Saxy Syrah

Third Course
Chopped Caesar Salad with Chocolate Nibs
Wine: Swingsville Zin

Fourth Course
Lamb Chop Milanese with a Mexican Hot Chocolate Sauce
Wine: The Improviser

Fifth Course
Chocolate Bouchee with Strawberries
Chocolate Ganache
Wine: Fortissimo Port

Cost of the dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. This one is bound to be popular, so don’t delay–call 216.481.9635 to reserve your spot now and show your Valentine a truly sweet and romantic evening.

Join us for a Purple Feet Wine Tasting January 31

January at the Bistro is a busy month, and we’re winding it up with another event aimed at the wine lover in you. Our Purple Feet Wine Tasting with Hors D’Oeuvres on Tuesday, January 31, at 6:30 p.m. will feature these products from that eclectic distributor:

Sola Chardonnay–Mendocino County
Londer Pinot Noir–Anderson Valley
Sola Blend
Sola Napa Cabernet

Cost of the tasting is $25 plus tax and gratuity. Call 216.481.9635 to make your reservation at the bar to try this wine selection.

New year, new events: mark your calendar and make reservations now!

We’re barely into the new year, and we’ve already got some very special events planned in the near, near future for the Bistro. Plan to join us for these soon:

VEGAN NIGHT GOES ASIAN: Vegan Night returns with a special Asian flavor! This $30 Asian Vegan Night Dinner Thursday, January 19, served from 5 to 9:30 p.m., will feature these three courses:

First Course
Lemongrass-Ginger-Miso Soup with Shiitake Mushroom Wonton

Second Course
Panko-Nori and Sesame-Crusted Eggplant Cutlets
Edamame–Mint Sauce
Jasmine Rice
Sauté of Asian Vegetables

Dessert Course
Coconut–Mint Panna Cotta
Fresh Berry Garnish

FAT CITY: If you’re a wine lover, you know there are times when only a “big fat red” will do. Enjoy a sampling of five top-notch red wines paired with five equally robust courses at our Big Fat Red Wine Dinner Thursday, January 26 at 6:30 p.m. For $100 per person, you’ll enjoy these sumptuous dishes and wines:

First Course
Foie Gras French Toast with Fig Balsamic Reduction
Wine: Chateau Haut Beausejour 2007

Second Course
Medallion of Beef Tenderloin with Black Truffle Hotel Butter
Potato and Onion Galette
Wine: Salus Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Third Course
House-Cured Gravlax with Eggplant Caponata
Wine: Merryvale Profile 2006

Fourth Course
Duck Confit Bolognese with Polenta
Wine: Archery Summit Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2007

Fifth Course
Lemon Tart with Italian Meringue
Wine: Dow’s Crusted Port

MORE CHOCOLATE TREATS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY: Our Chocolate Dinner during last February’s Valentine’s season was so popular that we’re doing it again–with a brand-new selection of dishes. Once more, rather than giving that same-old box of candy, you’ll be able to share chocolate delights with your Valentine via a truly original and romantic dinner. Join us at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, for our Chocolate Valentine’s Dinner and see just how versatile chocolate can be! Watch this space for our menu, coming soon. Oh, and if you missed last year’s Chocolate Dinner, take a look at this video to get an idea of what it was like:

As you can see, our upcoming events offer something for everyone. Call 216.481.9635 now to ensure your reservations!

Learn to cook Bistro-style with Chef Todd

Happy New Year! Maybe you’re the kind of person who makes resolutions, and one you’ve made this year is to learn how to cook better. Or maybe you’ve had some great meals at the Bistro and would just like to experience what it’d be like to be able to make a meal or two like that yourself. To feel the pride when you hear a significant other, family or friends speak those magic words: “You cooked this? It’s incredible!”

Well, it’s possible for you to do precisely that. The Bistro’s Chef Todd Mueller is returning to Sur la Table Eton, on Chagrin Boulevard in Beachwood, to teach you how to create a full menu of the kind of dishes that will warm you on cold winter nights like these. In his “Warming Winter Bistro Dinner” class from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, January 15, he’ll guide you through the steps of making the meal as well as provide helpful cooking hints to increase your kitchen savvy.

Cost of Chef Todd’s class is $79 per person. Register here or reserve your spot by calling Sur la Table at 800.243.0852, and learn a few tips as to why Bistro fare tastes so special.