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The Next Best Thing

Nov 08, 2017 01:55PM ● By Dia

Over the summer, Next Bistro cooked up more than handmade Lobster Ravioli and Veal Porcini Bolognese—the cozy Colleyville eatery rolled out a fresh new menu and a new name to go along with it in celebration of its sixth anniversary. Formerly known as Next Wood Fired Bistro and Wine Bar, chef and owner, Ying Aikens, and her husband and wine program director, Tom, changed the name because it was too much of a mouthful. We agree. It’s better to save the words for ordering specialties such as Portabello Frites or Escargot with Puff Pastry. Plus, Tom says, “If you’re always thinking of your next meal, why wouldn’t you think of Next Bistro?”

If you haven’t yet explored the restaurant’s dazzling new menu, you’re in for a treat. Dishes include foie gras, fresh seafood and game meats, flatbreads, rum cake and a host of other gourmet American, Mediterranean, French and Asian dishes. Chef Aikens particularly aims to delight by putting a Texas twist on classic dishes. Ever had chicken-fried lobster? Served alongside spinach and maque corn choux (a colorful Cajun side dish containing corn, green bell pepper and onion), it’s a culinary victory.

For lunch, Next Bistro offers elevated versions of burgers, paninis and sandwiches (all served with fries or house-made chips), along with a satisfying variety of soups and salads. If you want something a little more substantial for your mid-day meal, the Cedar Plank Sushi-Grade Salmon (served with lemon-caper sauce) or Next’s Meatloaf (Texas Kobe beef with Marsala mushroom sauce) will fuel you right up.

Next Bistro particularly shines at dinner. Here, you can settle in for date night and indulge in foods from across the globe while sipping wines and spirits from the restaurant’s award-winning list. Some of the standouts include Slow-Braised Lamb Osso Bucco in red wine reduction and New Zealand Elk Tenderloin with blueberry gastrique. Be sure to sample a few of the shareable sides, such as Next’s Macaroni & Cheese or Roasted Brussels Sprouts. For those extra-special celebrations, the restaurant offers a $450 Louis XIII three-course French wine dinner complete with a toast to Louis XIII at the finale. The next one is November 13, so go forth and celebrate like royalty. Or, just dine like a regular citizen. Next Bistro offers plenty of fresh flavors and innovative dishes to get excited about.

 Next Bistro

5003 Colleyville Boulevard, Colleyville