Restaurants & Bars 2

Bistro Aix

monkuboy | Aug 13, 2005 11:47 PM

My two kids (17 and 20) and I are in SF for two nights and ate at Bistro Aix tonight. We were all impressed and satisfied.

Our reservations were at 6:30 and because it was quite chilly today (by So Cal standards) we passed on eating in the patio and instead ate indoors. There were only a couple of other parties when we arrived.

We started our meal with an order of the calamari. Very tender calamari was accompanied by a delicious sauce and was served on top of shredded cabbage, cilantro and other greens. This was a nice start and we finished it up.

My daughter ordered the sirloin hamburger on foccacia with shoestring fries. She said it was the best hamburger she had ever eaten. It was a nice juicy patty served with red onions and an aioli paste, along with greens. I tried a bite and indeed this was one tasty burger. She really liked the bread. I helped her eat the fries as that type of shoestring potato (thin, crispy on the outside and softer on the inside) are my favorite. Not at all oily, they were great.

My son had the sirloin steak, also with fries and spinach. He ate up the steak and spinach and I helped him with the fries. I didn't try the steak, which came coated with bits of onion and garlic, but he enjoyed it. It sure looked good.

Me, I had the cracker crust pizza topped with grilled chicken, sun dried tomatos and pesto. It was the thinnest pizza I ever had but nevertheless it was filling. The flavors were very concentrated and blended well. I liked the cracker crust, too, as one thing I hate is soft or soggy pizza. This one was truly like a cracker and the toppings were excellent.

I also had a glass of tokay fruliano (I felt it was kind of watery and wouldn't order it again) and a cotes du rhone which was nice and peppery.

Our meal, before tax, came to $71 and I thought it was well worth it. We were all really happy with the food. The only negatives were the tokay mentioned above (it was not bad, it just wasn't anything impressive), and the bread which was served at room temperature. I like it warmed with a crisp crust. The bread itself was very good, though, just not warm.

We all thought this was better than our dinner at Mezes last night (see my posting) although the two types of cuisine were quite different. This was an excellent dinner. Our waiter was there when we needed him and otherwise was in the background.

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