Why go all the way into Boston when you need a little bon appetit when a new pop-up French restaurant has arrived in Wellesley at Susu Bakery Cafe, 575 Washington St? Open on Friday and Saturday nights for dinner, the prix fixe menu put together and executed by La Voile Boston Brasserie offers a three-course menu for $55; you can add a wine pairing for $30. The partnership between Susu’s and La Voile is a welcome addition to the Wellesley Square dining scene, made all the more tempting by being oh-so-close.
La Voile, located at 261 Newbury St., is no stranger to resident foodies who know all about the brasserie’s authentic cuisine and are now delighted to learn that some of its knowledgeable staff have been dispatched out to the suburbs to provide an authentic French dining experience. According to cafe owner Susu Aylward, the partnership is going strong, so the two restaurants will keep suppling Wellesley diners with all the foie gras, leek soup, and fish pappillote they can eat.
We made our reservations and tried it out, impressed by the transformation from cozy cafe to casually elegant brasserie. The hospitable, unrushed service and French Riviera-inspired offerings were the perfect antidote to a long week of cheeseburgers at home and on-the-run fare.
Some of the items that have been on the always-new menu the past couple of weeks: tuna tartare with fresh mango, herbs, and lemon oil; pea soup so fresh and bright tasting that it was as if the peas had been released from their pods just moments ago; braised beef shoulder in red wine; seafood and lobster risotto; and dessert, of course, typically a choice between something chocolatey, and something fruity or custard-like.
Call for reservations, 781-237-7977.