Husband and I went to Bistro d'Oc last night and had an excellent meal. The restaurant is located downtown, near 10th and F.
We shared the starters of foie gras mousse with toast (foie gras had a nice consistency but needed to be jazzed up with a little pepper) and an excellent "mimosa" of poached leeks, crab, caviar, and a mustard sauce. This was pretty, cool, and had a nice blending of flavors -- perfect for a summer night.
Main dishes were the hangar steak with pommes frites for husband and a dish of braised veal with fingerling potatoes, olives, and carrots. The steak and fries were terrific: steak was a perfect medium rare and very flavorful. The fries were crisp and the just-right combo of soft inside and crisp outside. The portion size was large and, even with my help, husband didn't finish the dish. My veal was good, but not equal to the steak and fries. The veal was a tad stringy and tougher than I expected and the potatoes a little bland (maybe a little too large for the dish? usually fingerlings are smaller) but the sauce was rich and had quite a depth of flavor. We ended up sopping up the sauce with the (decent but nothing special) french bead at the table -- it was that good.
Desserts were poached pear with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sause for husband and a peach clafoutis custard with vanilla ice cream for me. Both had a lovely presentation. Of the two, the pear was definitely superior. The chocolate sauce was especially good and a perfect topping for the pear (which had a perfect consistency). The peach custard was bland, without much constrast in flavors and seemed like it had been sitting in the refrigerator for a while.
For drinks, husband had an Alsation ale, which had a great body and deep gold color, and I had glasses of the house Languedoc chardonnay and a chateau cascadais. The wines were very good and an excellent bargain, for $6 and $8 a glass, respectively.
The service was friendly, effecient, and willing to accommodate. Our requests to move the table and change an order were met with smiles and quick action. The tab for two of us, which included drinks, appetizers, main courses, and desserts with coffee was $110 with tax.
In all, both husband and I were very impressed with the quality of the cooking and ingredients and the overall experience. Some dishes had problems, but I was quite happy to "discover" a new, casual French place near the new E Street cinema and a short walk from the metro.
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