Bruno Bistro Merida

March, 2012

Each month Yucatan Today visits a restaurant in order to describe what it has to offer. This is not a review; it is a summary of the menu, service, ambience, and opening hours.

For an elegant dinner under the stars or lunch in the comfort of their air-conditioned dining room, you can visit Bruno Bistro Gourmet. The food is Mediterranean and international, with a definite French touch…no surprise, as the owner, Bruno, is from Brittany, but has lived in Canada and various regions of Mexico as well as France.

The restaurant is located on bustling Calle 21 in Colonia Mexico, but a clever mid-height wall creates a sense of privacy while not isolating diners completely from all the action. The terrace is elegant, with pretty table settings with black chairs, barstools, and accents. Flickering, flameless candles on each table add a cozy touch…and the wind won’t blow them out!

Bruno keeps the menu simple, in order to provide consistent high quality, but there are always chef’s specials which are not on the menu. The attentive servers will be more than happy to tell you what they are. Bruno is a true artist, with each plate of food as attractive to behold as it is delicious. The wine list has some unique brands from various regions of the world, including some organic wines. Prices start at 249 pesos per bottle.

To accompany your wine, you’ll enjoy the warm home-made bread, accompanied by the rich and creamy olive tapenade, made with capers and a hint of anchovies.

If you are a fan of escargot, Bruno won’t disappoint you. They are prepared in flaky pastry baskets, and you can order either 6 or 12. One of the appetizers not on the menu is a Portobello mushroom stuffed with mushroom and chorizo, baked au gratin. There are several lovely salads to choose from, including an interesting Caprese Napoleón, with grilled vegetables, fresh mozzarella cheese, and tomatoes, drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. Menu items from 49 pesos to 178 pesos.

The main courses are varied and include lasagna with grilled vegetables, spaghetti a la carbonara, Dijon roast pork loin, grilled tuna with ginger, Cajun chicken breast with chutney, Provençal scallops and shrimps, grilled salmon filet with tamarind glaze, and a grilled rib-eye with port wine sauce. Daily specials may include a rack of lamb with cranberries, a filet mignon with green peppercorn sauce, or roast duck. Each dish is a work of art and includes such accompaniments as mashed potatoes with caramelized onions, polenta with red pepper, asparagus, and green beans with bacon. Menu items from 119 pesos to 255 pesos.

You will want to make sure to save room for an exquisite dessert along with a coffee or an espresso. Flaming banana crepes, crème brûlée with lavender, decadent triple chocolate, and tiramisu are on the menu, but there is always a special or two…possibly including a refreshing, chilled orange mousse. Menu items from 58 pesos to 79 pesos.

Bruno Bistro Gourmet
Calle 21 #66 x 10 y 12, Col. Mexico
Tel. (999) 287 9287
Hours: Tue.-Sat. 1 pm – 12 am. Sun. 1 pm – 5 pm.

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