Truth be told, there are bigger splurges to be had — Rialto and O Ya, to name a couple. But we still go for the cozy, romantic Alsatian standby SANDRINE'S BISTRO. You can't go wrong with the rack of lamb and lobster risotto — no matter what preparation chef Raymond Ost has come up with this month. There's also his Alsatian specialty of choucroute garnie — mounds of pork product (chops, ham, and sausages) with slow-cooked Riesling sauerkraut. Or the delicate flammekueche Alsatian-style flatbread mini-pizza — which is also handy for a quick late-afternoon snack with a beer or glass of wine at the copper-topped bar in front of the open brick oven. They call it a bistro, but this is the classic French-German cuisine of the Paris brasseries, combined with the geopolitical ambiguities of the oft-contested French-German Alsace region.
SANDRINE'S BISTRO | 8 Holyoke St, Cambridge | 617.497.5300