Queen Village’s Bistrot La Minette is ringing in the cold weather with everyone’s go-to comfort food: cheese.
The South 6th street French restaurant has debuted a special Mont D’Or menu, available exclusively during the month of November. Patrons are invited to come in groups of four for a four-course meal centered around a wheel of imported French cheese.
Mont d’Or — which literally translates to ‘golden mountain’ — is a soft, creamy cheese made from cow’s milk, typically served with a spoon. The wheel of cheese — baked and infused with white wine and served beside sausage, potatoes and mushrooms — will compraise the main course of the bistro’s special set menu. The evening will start with a Jurassienne salad made from red leaf lettuce, comté cheese and cured ham, and will end with a hazelnut cake beside vanilla ice cream.
The menu, spearheaded by Bistrot La Minette’s executive chef Grant Lloyd, arrived in conjuction with the opening of Gabi, an all-day French cafe from owner Peter Woolsey and long-time colleague Chef Kenneth Bush. A French-trained chef and Philly native, Woolsey opened Gabi in an attempt to bring casual French fare into the local food scene, where diners typically associate the cuisine with upscale prices.
He strives for the same authenticity with the annual Mont D’Or menu — eating around the wheel of cheese is a regional tradition in Jura, France that he hopes Philadelphians will love.
STATUS: The Mont D’Or menu is currently available at Bistro La Minette by reservation only. The meal, which consists of four courses for four people, is $160 total.