Bistro on Main is the latest incarnation of local restaurateur Steve Vining. Steve has been bringing together great food, fine wine and good friends on Cape Cod for longer than he cares to remember. At ‘The Bistro’ our chef and veteran team work hard to bring you seasonably minded, locally sourced, internationally inspired fine food and drink presented in a comfortable casual adult atmosphere.
We are proud to be Chatham’s go to neighborhood bistro for fresh local innovative food, fine wines, great beers and select spirits where you’ll always feel amongst friends.
First Night at the Bistro
Appetizers and Small Plates
Local French Onion Soup Gratin- ‘Not Enough Acres Farm’ Onions, Brioche Crouton, Caramelized Greyere Cheese $12
Organic Baby Greens- Tomato, Cucumber, Pickled Onion, Herb Vinaigerette $12
Baby Arugula Salad- Shaved Fennel, Apple Shoestrings, Crumbled Great Hill Blue, Marcona Almonds, Sherry Vinaigrette $14
Chatham Lobster Avocado Salad- Micro Greens, Lemon Dill Aioli
Chatham Mussels- One Pound Local Mussels, Sweet Pepper Confetti, Creamy Saffron Sauce, Chives $15
Potato Chicken Croquettes- Aged Vermont Cheddar, Cucumber Salad, Charred Scallion Dipping Sauce $15
Chatham and Wellfleet Oysters- House Smokey Cocktail Sauce, Pickled Onion Mignonette, Horseradish, Lemon 3/$9 6/$15 12/$28
Jumbo Wild Mexican White Shrimp Cocktail- House Cocktail Sauce, Wicked Cilantro Sauce, Lemon 3/$10 6/$18
Sesame Seared Tuna Tower- Crispy Won Tons, Cucumber Seaweed Salad, Sweet Soy, Avocado $18
Roasted Long Island Half Duck- Sesame Jasmine Rice, Sautee Spinach with Peanut Vinaigrette, Orange Soy Star Anise Glace, Crispy Won Tons $38
Pan Seared Atlantic Black Grouper- Charred Asparagus, Cauliflower/Potato Puree, Roasted Garlic/Sage Brown Butter $38
Charred “USDA Prime” Pineland Farms New York Strip- Twice Baked ‘Not Enough Acres Farm’ Potato, Roasted Cauliflower, Crispy Onions, Mushroom Bearnaise Sauce $45
Butter Braised Chatham Lobster Strudel- Crispy Philo Crusted Lobster, Truffled Asparagus/Baby Carrot/Pearl Onions, Lobster Cognac Cream, Lemon Aioli $45
Burgundy Braised Pineland Farms Boneless Short Ribs- Root ‘Risotto’, Braised Carrots, Grilled Asparagus, Red Wine Demi-Glace, Crispy Potato $45
Madagascar Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee- Cookie $10
Poached Pear Cheese Tart- Mango Vanilla Coulis $10
Molten Chocolate Truffle Cake- Crème Anglaise, Fresh Berries, Whipped Cream $10
***This menu is subject to change and modification dependent on product quality and availability ***
“Oysters are the most tender and delicate of all seafoods. They stay in bed all day and night. They never work or take exercise, are stupendous drinkers, and wait for their meals to come to them.”
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
Describing Ostend oysters: "small and rich, looking like little ears enfolded in shells, and melting between the palate and the tongue like salted sweets.
Oysters are more beautiful than any religion....There's nothing in Christianity or Buddhism that quite matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an oyster.
Why, then the world's mine oyster, Which I with sword will open.
Poor Britons, there is some good in them after all -- they produced an oyster.
…it slipped down my throat as easy as original sin……and left me feeling mysteriously adult, sensually alive in a way I never had before, full of the promise of the future.
A raw bar is a great version of a bar. It’s cool and communal and everything in front of you is so fresh
As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.
A loaf of bread, the Walrus said,
Is what we chiefly need:
Pepper and vinegar besides
Are very good indeed--
Now if you're ready, Oysters, dear,
We can begin to feed!
WAn oyster, that marvel of delicacy, that concentration of sapid excellence, that mouthful before all other mouthfuls, who first had faith to believe it, and courage to execute? the exterior is not persuasive.
Before I was born my mother was in great agony of spirit and in a tragic situation. She could take no food except iced oysters and champagne. If people ask me when I began to dance, I reply, 'In my mother's womb, probably as a result of the oysters and champagne - the food of Aphrodite.'