Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Avril opening Aug. 5

And here's a peek at the Bala French BYO's menu.

Avril opening Aug. 5


Here's some more info about Avril, the 50-seat French BYO coming to 134 Bala Ave. in Bala Cynwyd, in the corner space across from the Bala movies that was Café Shira.

Opening will be Aug. 5.

Owners are chef Christian Gatti and his wife, April Lisante, who spent 10-plus years as a reporter, food writer and editor at the Philadelphia Daily News.

They met in 2003 when she interviewed him for a feature about hot, young-chefs. His background includes City Tavern (Concepts by Staib), White Dog Cafe and Audrey Claire.

Avril will be open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays. They will do just dinner from Tuesdays through Saturdays for the first few weeks, and then add Tuesday-through-Friday lunch, Sunday brunch and Sunday dinner. It'll be closed Mondays.

Below is your first look at the brunch, lunch and dinner menus.

On Sunday nights, they'll serve "bombance sur dimanche" ("Sunday feast") -- a collection of prix-fixes: three courses for $25 (soup/salad, entree, dessert), four courses for $27 (soup/salad, hors d’oeuvres, entree, dessert), five courses for $34 (soup and salad, hors d’oeuvres, fish course, entree, dessert), and six courses for $40 (soup and salad, hors d’oeuvres, fish, entree, cheese, dessert). 

Click here for the dessert menu.

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