Bistro Midva on a Saturday Night
Bistro Midva is the kind of restaurant you’d want in your neighborhood. An intimate dining room of 20-some seats, friendly service, everything simple and spotless. A menu of small and larger plates with good variety—from dishes such as pork belly and hangar steak for the carnivores to gnocchi and risotto for the veggie-forward. Even better price points. A basket of warm rolls. Wine and beer (maybe a need for a few more wines by the glass?), and on the night I dined there, a specialty cocktail of vodka, blueberry, lime and ginger that would be worth returning for.
Midva (Slovenian for “the two of us”) is located at 131 Main Street, the central artery that runs through the town of Windsor, Vermont, in a space formerly occupied by the restaurant Au Jus. It is owned by Windsor residents Chef Chad Lumbra and his spouse Arlanda Eržen Lumbra. Chad’s in the kitchen; Arlanda and one other server are handling the front of the house. Chad’s history in the restaurant business includes stints at the renowned New York City’s Eleven Madison Park and more locally, as Executive Chef at Elixir in White River Junction.
The food is generous in portion, expertly cooked, presented simply in bistro style. Our small plates—pork belly and lobster poutine—were substantial appetizers. The hangar steak was tender, beautifully flavored in a red wine sauce and accompanied by a crispy potato pancake and creamed spinach. A soba noodle dish (photo just above) from the plant-based side of the menu included pickled veggies surrounded by a light sauce of fresh peas. As is our custom, we ended up ordering more food than we could accommodate, but no matter. We brought home what would undoubtedly be the next day’s breakfast, and alas, had no room for desserts of homemade ice cream and sorbet.
The menu changes, scheduled for a total revamp this week. There is limited outdoor casual seating with a view of Main Street.
For hours and other information, click here to access Midva’s Facebook page.
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Susan B. Apel shuttered a lifelong career as a law professor to continue an interest (since kindergarten) in writing. Her freelance business, The Next Word, includes literary and feature writing; her work has appeared in a variety of lit mags and other publications including Art New England, The Woven Tale Press, The Arts Fuse, and Persimmon Tree. She connects with her neighbors through Artful, her blog about arts and culture in the Upper Valley. She’s in love with the written word.