Andre’s Bistro & Bar Catering
Tuna Nicoise Salad with Green Beans, Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Butter Lettuce
Tomato & Burrata Salad with Peaches and Sherry Vinaigrette
Quiche with Bacon and Comte Cheese
Porchetta & Raclette Cheese on Baguette with Dijon and Caramelized Onions
Roasted Chicken Breast on Baguette with Cajun Aioli, Sundried Tomatoes, Arugula, Havarti Cheese
Andre’s Cuban on Baguette with Pork Tenderloin, Jambon de Paris, Gruyere Cheese, Cornichon Relish, Whole Grain Mustard
Mediterranean Vegetables on Ciabatta with Basil Pistou, Raclette Cheese
Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie
Chocolate Chip Cookie
With yet more changes at Andre’s Bistro & Bar, Mark Purdy now apparently out while Chris Bulen and Kevin Lopez have put Gastromix on hold to help, it was for a catered lunch that General Manager Joe Marsco came to the office on Friday, several new items from the “a la minute French Market” menu showing great quality and plenty of value for the dollar.
Offered Monday through Friday from 11am until 4pm at the Restaurant on Fort Apache Road, the catering option carrying a minimal delivery fee and presented by platter or individual meals, it was with the former selected that several bowls and trays were delivered precisely at the time requested, the available selections easily accommodating all varieties of likes, allergies and aversions.
Ranging $9.50 – $11.00 per Sandwich with Salads a bit extra, well within the budget of Pharmaceutical Representatives otherwise happy to settle for Panera or Café Zuppa at similar cost, it was with some skepticism that inexperienced staff first approached a bowl of what they believed to be “Marshmallow Fluff” before being informed that it was in fact soft Cheese amongst Peaches and Tomatoes, those who tasted it immediately open to a whole new appreciation of what “Salad” can be while others instead opted for seared Ahi on a bed of Lettuce with crisp Green Beans, Olives and sweet Sundried Tomatoes.
Only reopened for lunch recently, the retooled menu more approachable and easily fit into an hour, it was next of fluffy Quiche on a buttery Shell that bites were taken, the Sandwiches to follow highlighted by Porchetta beneath melted Raclette on a housemade Baguette plus the Roasted Chicken Breast that came across juicy amidst more Sundried Tomatoes tinged with smoky Aioli.
Finding Andre’s Cuban a bit too heavy with Mustard for personal tastes, the removal of half yielding a far more balanced bite while the marinated Vegetables on Ciabatta sang thanks to aromatic Pesto, it was finally in Desserts from Tammy Alana that Lunch came to a conclusion, the soft Chocolate Chip Cookie with a crunchy halo gone fast while both a dense Fudge Brownie and toothsome Oatmeal Cookie with Butterscotch were quick to follow.
N/A: Making it blog policy to not ‘rate’ places based on catering alone suffice it to say that Andre’s Bistro & Bar exceeded expectations with the French Market Menu in terms of cost as well as quality.
RECOMMENDED: Tomato & Burrata Salad, Quiche, Porchetta & Raclette Sandwich, Roasted Chicken Sandwich, Butterscotch Oatmeal Cookie.
AVOID: Despite great ingredients the Cuban got a bit overwhelmed by too much Mustard.
TIP: Contact the Restaurant directly for catering orders or check out their Yelp! page for online ordering.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.