I had read all the favorable reviews here on Gulf Bistro located in Madiera Beach. Finally was able to get my foodie friends to agree on a date to try it. I lost a lot of credibility with them by taking them to the Gulf Bistro.
WOW what a disappointment for me but also for my foodie friends. Where do I begin so many frustrations throughout the evening.
Beverages: Ice Tea is only served from a can. Yes you read that correctly canned Ice Tea.
Wine List: Being a French Bistro one would think they would have an excellent French Table wine. Wrong....Their table wine was from California and not of good quality. The selection of wines was poor and lacked 'oomph' in a wine list.
We all had an appetizer which should have been indication to stop expecting good food from this establishment after it was served. The pate lacked flavor and the plating was poor, the lobster bisque soup was more like broth than a creamy chunky soup with no lobster chunks in it, and the French onion soup was served with burnt black cheese(notice I didn't say gruyere or swiss), the broth was a light brown and tasted terribly bland some compared it to dishwater.
Our entrees again were poorly plated, and for the costs of an average of 25.00 per entree totally lacked flavor. Some found their meats to be tasteless, while others complained of tough meats.
The dining room was empty with only one other table dining. It was truly a disappointment and sorry to say I nor my friends could ever recommend it or try it again.