Pretty tasty meal at Bleu last night. In-laws and wife lived in France for 15 years and pronounced it solid bistro food. We split a cheese plate to start (yeah, we muddled the order, whatever), several cheeses (though regrettably no stinkers) came by. A good creamy something-unpronounceable-or-other, two very different kinds of Gouda, both youngish and non-smoked, but one stronger and one much more silken and creamy (though I still don't know that those differences forgive putting the same kind of cheese on a cheese plate), a blue that we couldn't place, some tender Parmesan, all served w/toast points, sliced green apples and grapes. Personally, I would have swapped out one of the Goudas for a Camembert or something softer and stinkier, but it was on the whole pretty tasty.
I started w/the duck confit & watercress salad and was served a duck leg, which I guess technically could have been a confit, but every other time I've had duck confit it's usually in a cylinder, a delicious little hockey puck-shaped mound of shredded duck meat goodness. In any case the duck was mighty tasty so I didn't mind the technical differences. Watercress was tasty, some blue cheese slices were worked in too, a very high quality blue cheese (better than the one on the cheese plate actually). Also tried the calamari w/chili aioli, pretty tasty though perhaps un-bistro-like. Good amount of spice. Open faced ravioli was a mushroom goat cheese ravioli that simply had not been connected, sort of a pasta sandwich. Mushrooms were heavily brushed with some sort of garlic butter. Rich. Very rich.
For entrees two of us had the steak frites, mine came back a bit overdone (ordered medium rare) but not egregiously so. The steak frites were the shining star as they were pronounced to be equal to bistro-quality steak frites. Frites were perfect crisp-ness and seasoning, steak somehow tasted like French beef (leaner, little grassier maybe). Mine seemed a bit too heavy on the pepper but all in all mighty tasty. Wife had the seared tuna and she was very pleased. Obviously not an inventive dish anymore but still can be done well, again, probably not very bistro-like.
For dessert we split the crème brulee sampler and the pot de crème. All were good though nothing was really amazing. I'm actually jonesing lately for a good Earl Grey crème brulee if anyone knows where to snag a good one. We had a bottle of; I believe it was called Silver Ridge? It was a very good, very well-cellared Cab. Smoother than most Cabs but certainly not to a fault.
Bill was around $237 before tip. Not bad for 4 people, w/two courses each and a cheese plate as an appetizer and a bottle of wine. Service was good. I was mis-served the wrong kind of salad when I ordered the duck confit salad but they fixed it quickly so no harm no foul.
Wife also ordered the "raspberry beret", which was a champagne/raspberry vox champagne cocktail. Way too strong a pour on the vodka. Shoulda been obvious when you mix vodka w/champagne you need a light pour.
Probably wouldn't go back anytime soon for no other reason that there's still lots of places we haven't tried.
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