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bibou review

InSearchOfTacos | | Sep 6, 2010 06:26 PM

finally went to bibou on saturday night...i was really looking forward to this, and im afraid my expectations may have been too high? the meal was very good, but the food did not really blow my socks off.

we ordered the foie gras and gravlax to start. the foie was delicious- served with the perfect amount of fruit (the menu states it was peaches, but i could have sworn it was pear) and a delicious raisin bread- the bread had a wonderful cinnamony flavor that was great with the foie, not too sweet. the fruit also was not cooked to the point of mealiness and had a nice bite to it, which i quite liked.

the gravlax was also good- it was prepared like a tartare with bits of chopped fish and herbs topped with a parmesan tuile. light and acidic. i really liked both appetizers, but i wont dream about either.

the main courses we chose were the scallops and stuffed pig's foot. the scallops were cooked perfectly and served with a very acidic, bright and herby vinaigrette. i was expecting a much heavier dish and was surprised by the lightness- the vinaigrette was tart and well balanced. quite lemony. im a big fan and would recommend the scallops as a lighter main course. i probably would not have been full had i not had quite a bit of the pig's foot, which is fried beautifully. the texture of a foot is quite gelatinous though so if youre not getting crispy fried bits on the fork, its a big mouthful of pig foot jello. the foot was apparently stuffed with foie gras but i could not taste it. after a few bites i had a hard time with this dish. the flavors became muddled for me, but my companion liked it very much so perhaps its just my taste. the lentils were cooked nicely, but i would have been happier with fewer of them on the plate.

shared the cheese plate- was good but ive had much better. liked the tomato jam quite a bit, and they brought us extra which was very nice of them.

plum tarte for dessert with almond ice cream- again, very good tarte but again i think ive had better. the almond ice cream didnt have a very strong taste, which i would have preferred

bill for two was $100- the restaurant is lovely, as are pierre and charlotte, and i had a great evening. but i couldnt help but think that the food at cochon, and certainly overtures when it was around, was just as good.

am i missing something here? perhaps i did not order well? i wanted to LOVE this place and i did not. i was excited about trying the tasting menu for another occasion but now im reconsidering :(

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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