AKA Bistro in Lincoln, MA, has received nice comments on this board, and deserves its own thread.
145 Lincoln Road, Lincoln, MA
For those unfamiliar, AKA Bistro is run by Christian Touche and Chris Chung, both of whom came through the kitchen at Clio. They have something special in Lincoln; they have excellent French dishes and excellent Japanese dishes (primarily sushi). Those that live in metro west probably already know about it; those that live in Boston/Cambridge should make the effort to visit (I have some day-trip ideas for you below: you don't even need to drive).
Especially if you fit either of these descriptions, AKA Bistro is for you:
-loves sushi but spouse / someone-in-group does not
-wants to cap a day-trip in 'the country' with an excellently prepared meal...all without driving
I had a truly superb dinner there last night with friends. We were able to try several items from both the French and the Japanese menu. Not only were there no duds, every single item was a wow (okay, the baguette was simply on par). Since the menu is seasonal I won't get into everything we tried as items may not be there when you go, but here are some highlights that I've seen more than once:
Seasonal Oyster with with yuzu mignonette, ponzu, caviar and uni
Tuna Tartar (Yellow fin tuna) with cucumber cornet, tobiko and spicy aioli
-(This was even loved by our non-sushi eater)
Homemade Kobe Dumpling with Sukiyaki consommé and mushroom
Moules frites Mussels steamed in white wine with french fries
Steak Frites Grilled Angus New York Steak ( 9oz) with Maitre D’butter, caramelized shallots and french fries
Lincoln happens to be one of the more beautiful towns in metro west. Here are some ideas for those that don't drive but want to work AKA Bistro into a day trip:
Take the commuter rail from North Station or Porter Square to Lincoln. AKA Bistro is right at this stop. From here you can easily visit any of the following:
-Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary (Mass Audubon)- This is a 10min walk from the train stop and has a sidewalk the entire way (if I recall correctly). You could spend hours walking the farm, looking at the sheep, pigs, chickens, etc. They have interesting programs and exhibits.
-Codman Community Farms- 5min walk from the train stop. This is a great farm for a walk, though it does not have programs or exhibits on the scale of Drumlin. But the community gardens are fun to browse during the growing season and they have a lot of animals to check out.
-DeCordova Sculpture Museum- this would be a 45min walk, but it'd would be scenic 15min bicycle ride. They have several interesting programs and exhibits, and it's a really nice place to bring a picnic.