After 10 years as Pierrot Bistro, a Beacon Hill French restaurant will become Ma Maison today, with high-profile chef Jacky Robert in the kitchen.
Partnering with Pierrot owner Sam Sosnitsky, Ma Maison will offer a similarly classic menu of French cuisine, "reserving the right to surprise ... the palate with unexpected interpretations of favorite recipes." The new menu includes an homage to the French-born Robert's first stint in the Boston restaurant scene: Uncle Lucien's country pate. When Robert first arrived in Boston, he helped his aforementioned uncle and aunt Martha Ann open Maison Robert, eventually working as executive chef there from 1996 - 2001. Robert went on to helm the Locke-Ober kitchen, was a consulting chef for Pierrot Bistro when it opened in 2004, and then opened his own restaurants, Petit Robert Bistro and Jacky's Table. Two locations of Petit Robert remain in the South End and in Needham.
Spending time in San Francisco, Robert brought Asian-inspired twists when he returned to the Maison Robert kitchen as executive chef. The the new restaurant's menu includes some of these, in the form of duck with kimchee duck confit, and a spring mix salad with panko goat cheese. Ma Maison will offer Saturday brunch, Urban Daddy reports, with foie gras cheeseburgers and maison-smoked salmon on a corn pancake.
The new bistro is open Monday - Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and reopens for dinner from 5:30 - 10 p.m.