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more raves for Bistro Verdu

fat kitty | Feb 25, 2004 01:20 PM

so, finally got to go last night. arrived around 8:15, only 2 other tables occupied. i did not check or research enough or remember that they do not yet serve wine (but encourage byob), so i did not bring a bottle along and looked longingly at the other 2 tables that were drinking wine. nevertheless, i had the most delicious iced green tea infused with ginger than i remember ever having. husband had a (non-alcoholic) sangria soda. very attentive, but low-key service. a lovely dish of different olives was placed on the table, but no bread.

starters: i had a roasted beet w/ goat cheese salad. incredibly generous serving, almost too much. a stack of thick slices of roasted beet w/ thick slices of pepper "crusted" creamy goat cheese -- very peppery, almost, but not quite, too much pepper. on a bed of greens that were not really dressed, but had a drizzle of balsamic. husband had mussels in a curry broth -- the plumpist, juiciest mussels i've had in ages. curry broth was spicy and very flavorful. we had to ask for bread, for dipping. bread was a bit stale (very surprised about this), so that' prob why it wasn't offered automatically, but it was perfect for dipping in the curry broth.

my entree: pacific red snapper in a gorgeous broth including capers, meyer lemon and yukon gold potatoes. fish was cooked perfectly, very tender, flaky, moist, w/ a bit of a crust. broth was incredible. perfect sized serving for after the starter, not skimpy and not overwhelming. husband's entree: pork loin w/ some other stuff -- i saw some wilted winter greens, sorry can't remember the rest, but he devoured it. presentations were really beautiful, too, but not fussy.

dessert: we shared an apple tart w/ a drizzle of caramel and vanilla bean ice cream. perfect.

total bill, not incl tip = $59. starters were around $6-8, entrees we had were $16, apple tart was $4. prxs seem incredibly reasonable for very high quality ingredients and preparation. it's on verdugo, in montrose. feel very lucky to hv this place w/in about 10 min of my house!

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