In February, Tim and Bronwyn Wiechmann closed down their decade-old French bistro T.W. Food to open a new restaurant in the same space (377 Walden St., Cambridge). Today, they announced via newsletter that its replacement, Self Portrait, will open this Friday, April 28. While Tim previously told Boston Magazine that the new restaurant would get away from T.W.’s French roots with a menu that is “much more international,” today’s newsletter describes Self Portrait as “an elegant French bistro” and a “sequel” to T.W. Food, “updated with a fresh new look and some exciting new features.”
Self Portrait's concept draws from Paris and greater France. It reflects Chef Tim's story of living there, cooking the food, and then, adding a good, old fashioned dose of T.W. creativity.
Self Portrait’s dinner menu has a three-course prix fixe option ($55/person) or a five-course tasting ($75/person) with dishes such as warm oysters and snails with coconut-rum butter; pickled beef tongue with ravigote sauce; duck leg bordelaise with duck fat frites and cabbage; poulette à la lyonaisse with carrots and melted bacon; and lavender gnocchi parisienne with spring mushrooms and basil-orange pistou.
T.W.’s Tuesday wine series will be reincarnated at Self Portrait (four courses, four wines, $65/person), launching on May 9. And live music is returning to Sunday brunch, which launches May 7 and will be served from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekly. It’s described on the Self Portrait website as a world music brunch, featuring everything from Afro-jazz to gypsy swing. Club d’Elf’s Dean Johnston will be organizing various duos and trios. As for the brunch food, it’s a three-course prix fixe menu for $35 per person.
Plus, there’s now a full liquor license, so expect cocktails and digestifs.
When Self Portrait opens at the end of the month, it’ll serve dinner from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, in addition to the aforementioned Sunday brunch.
- Self Portrait [Official Site]