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Little Bistro: Court St. Brooklyn (new place, long review)

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Little Bistro: Court St. Brooklyn (new place, long review)

Steve R. | Jul 15, 2005 10:52 PM

As Marion M. (who passsed by while we were eating) said in her post about this new place after eating there yesterday "...not bad for starters". We agree. Again, tonight at 8pm it was crowded. Good sign. Glad we called at 7pm to see if they could squeeze us in. We got a table for 2 in the sunken outdoor area out front. Others were already waiting.

Bottom line: for $100, including 2 apps, 2 entrees, a bottle of decent white wine, coffee, desserts, tax and tip, the 2 of us had a good meal. Creative and interesting, nice presentation and friendly service. I recommend people try it. We're full and happy.

So...this review should be a slam dunk, right? Well, no. Not really. I've thought this over and have come to the conclusion that we could just as easily be writing a negative review, if we werent the kind of people that love food, almost all food. We're not picky, except when it comes to quality (and even then, relative to cost). That helped our experience here immensely.

In my opinion, the promotion and descriptions are somewhat misleading. The name is Little Bistro, the flyer says "New American Cuisine" and the menu goes out of its way to be very descriptive of each dish. But everything we ordered clearly had an Asian influence -- and that could be trouble for anyone who doesnt see the Asian spices or tastes coming. For example, my app. of calamari was listed as "Crispy fried calamari w/cardamom salt". Sounds interesting and conjures up a mental image, doesnt it? What I got was very fresh, nicely done fried calamari, breaded & salted, but in a dominant pool of excellent spicy and sweet Asian sauce(with no taste or even smell of cardamom). Very satisfying but not what I would have pictured from the menu, which didnt mention spicy or Asian. "Bass w/daikon and avocado puree" (my wife's entree) was also a great example of solid Asian fusion and the dish was a winner. But you had to know that the daikon was going to be the major influence on the fish (the fish sat on thick tasty rounds of the daikon -- it wasnt a garnish or a minor ingredient the way the avocado was). If you didnt picture it that way and expected a nice bass with interesting sides, you would have been pretty surprised.

Well, I'm sure you all get the idea. It carried all the way thru to dessert. My fruit sorbet (3 generous scoops: raspberry, mango and maybe grapefruit) w/grated coconut also had lots of diced fruit around it and a pool of sauce. The predominent fruit and flavor? Lichee. And some grapefruit. Very nice (it worked) but not expected.

We liked the place and will go back. We recommend it. But look around to see what the dishes look like and ask questions. Unless you like surprises.

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