The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, April 2, 1999


Restaurant review: La Provence 105 Thoreau Street Concord 978-371-7428

For a touch of France and a first-class lunch try this Concord bistro (without wine). It is decorated in a French country manner and has only four tables. On Monday of last week Alex and I ate lunch there and I repeated this delightful experience with a friend on Friday. La Provence had managed to escape my attention until a Concord friend served me some of their wonderful French pastry. When we went there for lunch on Monday, I had the paté sandwich with brie on the side and Alex had the lentil soup and jambon sandwich. Both sandwiches were served on French bread and tasted like something out of a little village in France. The paté was textured more like a coarse meatloaf with the finest paté flavor I had ever encountered. We took home some lentil salad with tomatoes and feta cheese, which was excellent.

On Friday my friend Sue was here from Florida and we met there for lunch. Sue and I shared the chicken Provence sandwich and she had soup while I had a choice of salads. Chicken Provence is a salad made of large pieces of tender chicken in a light mustard sauce. It has a well-balanced flavor with a hint of mustard. The spinach soup was exquisite and creamy (but not made with cream, only whole milk and lots of fresh spinach) and my roasted vegetable salad looked jewel-like with red, green and yellow peppers, zucchini and summer squash.

The restaurant has take-out dinners and also hot entrées at lunch. They offer a selection of salads ranging from artichoke to roasted vegetable and every intriguing combination in between. If you can't resist dessert or maybe need something special, their cakes and pastry include raspberry gateau, Black Forest cake, hazelnut gateau and lemon cloud, to name a few. These are both beautiful to look at and equally good to eat. Their tarts are cherry, apple, blueberry, pecan and seasonal plum or peach. If these aren't enough, they also have a wide selection of mousse cakes in three sizes. Chocolates and other French specialties are available with big chocolate bunnies now featured items. I think this is the best place to come to Concord in a long time and it gets five Mosquito points!

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