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Friday: Lunch at Bistro Jeanty

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Friday: Lunch at Bistro Jeanty

Melanie Wong | Feb 15, 2006 03:32 AM

Recently I had a few days in the Napa Valley to revisit old favorites and explore some newer arrivals. At lunch time I took advantage of the warm and sunny weather to take a table on Jeanty's patio.

Though I've been here many times, I'd not had the tomato bisque with the puff pastry cap. It was as good, maybe better than its reputation. The soup itself had some chunky bits for texture and the surprise element of biting into pure tomato taste. The acidity was amp'd up enough to keep it from being overly rich and tasted rather jarring on its own. But once you broke the cap and blended the buttery pastry with the bisque, the synergy of the two hit the perfect note.

I also had the poached egg and frisee salad. The egg was still warm and the perfect soft runniness. But I was disappointed to not have lardons. As described on the menu, the vinaigrette has bacon bits in it for the pork element. Still, I missed having something more substantial.

To drink, I ordered a lemonade. It was overly sweet with undissolved sugar on the bottom of the glass. I was disappointed that it wasn't offered with simple syrup for me to sweeten to my own taste.

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