We went to Bibou for our anniversay last night and it was everything I could hope for and more. First, it is a charming little place, probably around 10-12 tables, depending on how they configure them (they had a 6-top set up out of three 2-tops). Charlotte, hostess & co-owner greeted us warmly. Throughout th evening, I noticed she knew at least 2/3 of the customers, greeting them with kisses and speaking in French to several. Overall, it had a very warm, lovely feel, and the service was excellent throughout.
The menu is small, but everything on it appealed to me. Then our server came over to tell us about the specials--each sounding better than the last: sweetbreads w/porcini, a chantarelle fricassee, a bone marrow appetizer, a tripe dish. Just as we were thinking we'd never be able to decide, the server also mentioned the 7-course tasting menu for $70. The couples on either side of us were having it and were very enthusiastic. Since it was a special occasion, we decided to go for it, just reminding the server that my husband had to have a gluten-free meal. We didn't regret the decision, though I already want to go back for some of the things on the menu we didn't get as part of the meal.
We started with a cold squash consomme--it sounds odd but was delicious, very squashy tasting without a sign of actual squash, a clear brown broth with little bits of very tasty duck breast in it. Next we each had a terrine. Mine was oxtail, which was what was on the menu. It apparently had gluten, so they subbed w/a rabbit terrine for my husband. The oxtail was good, but the rabbit was sublime. I was wishing for more than the little bite I got to have. Next was foie gras, some of the best I've had, with a piece of toasted pumpkin bread (left off of hubby's plate), vanilla poached pear, wine poached pear, and liquor soaked cherries (hubby got extras of these). Next, a seared scallop w/cauliflower puree. Another sublime dish. After that, a small dish of the chantarelle fricasee in some kind of cream sauce. The "main" was hangar steak in a green peppercorn sauce w/asparagus and potatoes. For dessert, hubby had the house made sorbets (a scoop each of limoncello and blood orange) and I had a piece of chocolate cake drizzled with caramel.
Everything was superb, the flavors were bright and focused. All of the sauces were phenomenal, and I was lucky enough to soack them up w/the delicious bread they provided. I can't wait to go back!
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