Restaurant Review: Downtown Bistro, New in Hyannis

A diverse menu featuring American, Italian and Asian cuisine
Review: Downtown Bistro is a new Hyannis eatery at 372 Main Street (Pat Brooks photo)

Downtown Bistro, formerly Schooner’s Restaurant, opened in May and is a chic, tasteful establishment located in the heart of Hyannis. 

The diverse menu offers a selection of dishes for everyone including local seafood, pasta dishes, a variety of steak, and even Asian inspired dishes plus weekly specials. The nice selection of beer, wines, and specialty cocktails was inviting.

The dining room decor is cozy with bright yellow walls and shiny dark wood, with an open kitchen.  We were seated by the window overlooking Main Street and watched the people strolling by. There is a combination of booths, tables, additional seating out front on the street or you can choose to have dinner at the bar.  

A nice start to the evening was a ginger martini ($12) mixed with crop organic lemon vodka, watermelon liqueur  and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Very light, tasty and refreshing.

The following appetizers were two Crab-Lobster Cakes ($15) no fillers (at least minimal) just pure lobster and crab meat  -  sweet, flaky, and moist. They got an extra kick from the flavorful Asian srirachi-galic aioli. 

The other app was the Pork and Vegetable Pot sticker ($10) . These two gourmet Asian delights were loaded with a tasty filling of finely chopped vegetables and pork and enhanced with a sweet soy for dipping. They were crunchy and a very healthy non fried treat.

We shared the Warm Spinach Salad ($14). The fresh greens were grit-free and were tossed with marinated grilled red onions, mixed with feta cheese and drizzled with a bacon fennel dressing. Warm salads are usually found in French bistros. Sure would be nice to be able to purchase this dressing in the market.

I chose the Downtown Coffee Pork Tenderloin ($24) for my entree and glad I did.  It is cooked to your liking so I ordered it medium rare. This lean pork tenderloin got a boost of flavor from coffee which was a crispy coating surprisingly delicious which held the moisture perfectly. It was topped with a flavorful Sake Yake sauce and served with creamy garlic mashed potatoes and broccoli. Yum.

My husband's entree was the Seared Tuna Tataki ($24) which is the Japanese term for a flash-seared fish fillet that's rare except for a thin exterior crust. This is exactly how it turned out. Thinly sliced pieces of tuna served rare with with a nice crust and served with Asian slaw and blue jasmine rice. It retained the ocean-fresh flavor.

We had to sample a couple desserts. Of the four offered I chose the classic French house made Crème Brulee ($10)  This creamy custard base and hard crisp caramel topping garnished with whipped cream and a strawberry was wonderful.

The NY Turtle Cheese Cake ($10), not house made, was rich with well-balanced flavors, although a little dense, was topped with a strawberry, whipped cream and an artful drizzle.

Our server Acacia was very professional, cheerful and had a full knowledge of the menu.

Chef Tommy Fuller's cooking skills provide a wonderful dining experience.

If You Go

Downtown Bistro

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