1011 W Lancaster Ave.
Bryn Mawr , PA 19010
Neighborhood: Bryn Mawr
Parking: Street and public lot parking free after 6 p.m.
Handicap access: Wheelchair accessible.
Related reviews: Restaurant Cerise's tasting-menu-only offerings need more creativity
Cuisine type: New American
Meals Served: Brunch Dinner
Style: The Main Line needs more places like Cerise, a casual but ambitious husband-wife BYO bistro where the multi-course prix-fixe menu is often changing and focused on European and seasonal inspirations. What Cerise needs to realize its potential, though, is far more consistent cooking from chef-owner Ben Thomas, who has the pedigree (Lacroix, Sycamore, a year cooking in Paris) to also take more risks on dishes worthy of a tasting menu format.
Specialties: Oysters with cucumber salad; cod brandade; chicken liver mousse; rigatoni with lamb ragu; tagliatelle with carrot "Bolognese"; hanger steak-frites; Swabian onion tart; pork belly; cheese course; chocolate-caramel tart.
Hours: Dinner Wednesday through Saturday, 5-10 p.m.; Sunday, until 9 p.m. Sunday brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.