We’ve been to Bistrot Bistro on West 4th before and were so enamoured with the Boeuf Bourguignon that we’ve always wanted to go back. The problem is that they’re only open for dinner. How a restaurant can survive in today’s economy by only opening for a few hours is beyond me. I suppose their target niche only comes out at night.
Even though we had a very filling Lobster Dim Sum at Fortune House Seafood, we felt up for the challenge of a savory French supper. Usually, their 3 course Prix Fixe menu is only available Sunday to Thursdays, but during the month of July, it’s available everyday (bonus!).
The Mix Baguette Tapenade is a huge crusty bread served on a long wooden plank (this was the half order). The baguette was very good but I think it would have been so much better with a plain butter accompaniment.
The Bistrot Green Salad is just as it sounds… if you’re looking for something a bit more adventurous, they also have escargot in butter sauce with their Prix Fixe menu.
The Boeuf Bourguignon was melt-in-your-mouth yummy (the picture looks a little blurry because of all the steam coming out of the big red pot).
I decided to try something different and went with the Lamb Shank in Rosemary Tomato Red Wine sauce. It was pretty good… nice and fall-off-the-bone tender.
The beef and lamb dishes had some great sauces and it would be a shame to waste them so we also ordered some side dishes. The Mashed Potatoes (it’s really a huge dish) and the Gratin Dauphinois goes well with the sauces.
As did the Pommes Frites that came with the meal. These shoestring fries came in a humongous bucket and it was difficult to stop eating them.
I forgot to take a picture of the Ratatouille but it’s definately a side dish you should consider getting if you’re looking for some veggies. If we go back, I think I want to try the brussel sprouts with bacon.
For dessert in the Prix Frite menu, you have a few choices… one of which is the silky and sublime Creme Caramel. This is definately the dessert you should pick… it reminds me a little bit of the dessert tofu with syrup that we used to get from Sunrise.
The Chocolate Mousse, however, is probably something you should avoid. Not that it tasted bad… it was actually very good and freshly made. The problem was in the presentation. They brought out a couple of white dessert bowls and then came out with a huge steel bowl of chocolate mousse (I’m guessing the bowl that it was made in). The waitress then “plopped” out a couple of scoops into the bowl (onomatopoeia pun intended). We all looked at the brown “mousse” and just laughed in amazement, wondering how a restaurant could possibly think that this looked appetizing… then again, it is a French restaurant and the French tends to eat some strange stuff, lol!
It got really busy as the night went on and it gets warm in the cramped bistro. They opened up the large garage door windows which helped bring in a breeze, but it also brought in some flies and mosquitoes that we could have done without.
Food: 4 / 5
Service: 3 / 5
1961 West 4th Avenue
Update: As of October 1, 2012, Bistrot Bistro is now La Cigale French Bistro.