Cuisine & Wine Bistro rolls out French/European menu, more French wine

Aficionados of European cuisine and wine are saying, “Oui” and “Sí” to the rollout of the new menu at Cuisine & Wine Bistro in Gilbert.

Formerly MWC Bistro, Cuisine & Wine Bistro’s owners - Mairead and Fabrice Buschtetz - opened March 3, 2015, and are transforming the charming, cheery wine bar into a haven for those who love European dishes and flavors. The new menu focuses on French and Spanish flavors, with a bit of Italian as well.

Fabrice, a chef for nearly 30 years in France, has created a mouthwatering selection of nosh plates, appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts at affordable prices. 

Appetizers include a tuna cake with Bravas sauce or chorizo croquettes for a taste of Spain, and they’ve added traditional French Niçoise salad and fried brie salad - both traditional French specialties - as well as a mozzarella caprese in a nod to Italy.

Entrees include a luscious, melt-in-your-mouth filet mignon with rich, creamy mushroom sauce or a tender chicken filet with garden-fresh ratatouille.

For a lighter nosh, nibble on artisan charcuterie (meats) and fromage (cheese) or a selection of bruschetta with gourmet toppings such as Parma ham, tomato, garlic and olive oil or French Boursin cheese with tuna and olive oil.

Don’t miss the delectable desserts, including chocolate soufflé, strawberries in red wine with mint, and crème brûlée.

All appetizers are $5 at happy hour (from open until 6 p.m. daily), and wines by the glass during happy hour range from $5 to $10.

Fabrice plans to alter the menu slightly every two to three weeks with new sauces and sides and let the customers choose which preparations they’d like to see repeat.

Since opening in early March, Mairead Buschtetz said, the community has embraced Cuisine & Wine Bistro. Word of mouth has been spreading fast, and reviews rolling in on social media and in person have been unanimously positive.

“We are very blessed and happy the way the community is receiving us,” Mairead said. “So many people have said anything they can do to help us, they will.”

Not only have people gushed over the new French entrees - the filet mignon is particularly popular - but they’ve asked for even more of a European flair.

“A lot of people are asking when we are going to start doing some more French wines, so that is something we are working very seriously on,” Mairead said.

By the end of March, Cuisine & Wine Bistro will update the wine list to include more French selections, including Champagne. Glasses other than Champagne will still average about $9.

Cuisine & Wine Bistro hosts live music every Friday and Saturday evening; check the Facebook page for the weekly lineup.

Cuisine & Wine Bistro

Where: 1422 W. Warner Road, Gilbert

Hours: 3-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3-11 p.m. Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday; happy hour until 6 p.m. daily

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