If anyone ever wants to take a couple of hours on a Sunday to sip coffee and enjoy a grilled “bananatella” at Colette Wine Bistro, please let me know. I walked into Colette and was instantly in awe. I couldn’t believe I have never been here before!
Pink velvet seats, marble tables, a floral accent wall… I had to pinch myself. I was told I could choose any seat I wanted. Of course, the one I chose was right next to the accent wall with a pink accent bench.
While I waited for my friend Cat, I took some time to check out the rest of the space. I could not even think of eating because I was too preoccupied with the restaurant’s various, stunning design elements. The details of Colette would make this spot perfect for a date, a gathering with friends, or a celebration. There are ample tables and a large section in the back that could easily sit upwards of 25 for brunch (or dinner). Once I was done wandering around, I sat back down and one of the waitresses filled my cup with coffee. When Cat arrived, we took a look at the menu and both ordered a drink: one bloody Mary and one espresso martini.
The menu has an array of bites, small plates, baked goods, and both traditional and unique meals. We started with a salmon plate. The plate came with multiple toppings: capers, diced onions, egg whites, etc. The thick, soft bread was warm and there was plenty of salmon for two or three to share. The salmon was topped with a light sauce and was a great starter to our meal. My bloody Mary was strong and topped with a pickle while Cat’s martini was nice and smooth.
As we sipped our drinks and waited for our main dish to arrive, I looked around at the restaurant filling up with couples, friends, and solo visitors. Colette is located inside of the Porter Square Hotel so their hours line up with the needs of guests searching for a bite before exploring Boston for the day. I felt like I was on a vacation myself! The space is such an escape from reality.
When the main dishes arrived, I wished that I had ordered the signature Duck Waffles like Cat. I strayed from my usual carb-heavy choices and went with the steak and eggs. They were served with a side of breakfast potatoes. I always order my steak well-done. I know that I am losing a lot of flavor that way, but there was still enough flavor for me. The egg was served over easy, and the breakfast potatoes were soft and salty.
The Duck Waffles were phenomenal. I would never think to put duck confit inside of a waffle and then top the waffles with greens, but props to the chef for creativity! Each bite had a taste of duck and the waffle was light and airy. I loved the contrast of the sweet waffle and savory meat. Next time I visit Colette, I will absolutely be ordering this.
When we ordered our meals, we both agreed on something sweet to share: the grilled bananatella seemed like the perfect option. I was staring at it my entire meal, and this treat will be something I will attempt to recreate at home. Delicious grilled bread served as a base for a hearty amount of Nutella and banana slices. It was the perfect ending to a delightful morning.
There is outside seating available at Colette and when I looked around wondering where my waiter was from time to time, I finally realized how busy the patio was!
The Bitches say: four Champagne flutes!
Colette is the home of a delightful French breakfast where the feminine vibe might inspire you to redecorate your home or start planning an adult tea party.
Colette Wine Bistro is open for brunch Saturdays and Sundays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.