Tried Bistro Verdu last night due to all the good notices on this board. We had an 8:00 reservation and arrived to find almost every table taken. Word is getting around. We were seated right away and the server asked how we had heard about the restaurant, to which I replied that I had read about it on Chowhound. She stated that they have been getting a lot of business due to Chowhound and she seemed very pleased.
We had brought a bottle of Oregon pinot noir which the server opened for us right away. I think every table had brought their own wine. It looked like one table had brought their own stemware also!
The menu must have changed somewhat recently, since neither calamari nor filet were on the menu and those items had been written about here. The menu indicatd it was the spring menu.
I started with the mussels in a lemongrass curry (nice and spicy) and my husband had a special Caesar salad with grilled shrimp which were skewered on rosemary stems. Then I had a special of seared albacore which was atop an escabeche of spring radishes, with fresh sorrel and topped with a bit of creme fraiche. My husband had the pork loin with the walnut bread pudding. Pork was a little dry which I had warned him about, but he was pleased overall. For dessert, he had the famous ice cream sandwich while I opted for mocha pot de creme. We both thought the cookies on the ice cream sandwich were too sweet. The pot de creme was much more to my liking. We each had decaf which was served with a nicely done (not too hard, with some orange flavor) biscotti for dipping.
Service was warm and extremely efficient. Total including tax and tip - $73 for 2 apps, 2 mains, 2 desserts, 2 coffees. Excellent value. Definitely will return.
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