Wanted to post a short review of the first of my 3 restaurant week reservations from last night (Monday). I had the opportunity to dine at Bistro Bis, which for those of you don't know is just around the corner from Union Station in the Hotel George. This was the second time I have dined at Bistro Bis.
Overall, the experience was excellent.
Environment: The restaurant was full, but not overcrowded. We were a party of two and I would recommend this restaurant as a great spot for a date. My only minor complaint is that the seating for two can be rather tight. As in, the tables are less than a foot away from each other. A little hard not to eavesdrop on other's conversations from time to time.
Service: Our waiter was very pleasant as was the Sommelier, who when he brought us the bottle of wine I had chosen explained a little bit about it for us. The wait staff was very much friendly and seemingly happy to have us in the restaurant. There was a guy, who I could only assume was the manager, intently walking around the restaurant writing things down on a pad of paper. Not sure if he was taking notes on the waiters, observing dining times, or tracking what dishes people were ordering, but my date and I found it all very amusing. Almost something out of a silent French film.
Appetizers: Our table ordered the country pate and the steak tartare. Order the steak tartare; it was amazing. Perhaps the best item on the menu. The Country pate was also good, but I would have gone with the Mussels or the Chilled Tomato Soup had I had another chance.
Main Course: Our table ordered the DUCK CONFIT FAÇON TARBAIS (Duck Confit) and the POUSSIN SAUTÉ BEAUSEJOUR (Baby Chicken). Both we're very well prepared, with the meat nearly falling off what little bone the chef had left in the birds. The pairing of the duck sausage with the Duck Confit provided and interesting contrast in both flavor and texture for the same meat.
Dessert: Vanilla Creme Brulee and Molten Chocolate Cake (with creme fraiche) . Both were very good, and considering the portion size neither of us could finish. According to the waiter (and to our casual observations) these were the two most popular dessert items of the night.
Wine: Overall, the wine selection at Bistro Bis requires pretty deep pockets. I was able to find a reasonably priced Cote du Rhone (Grenache/Syrah) that paired very well with our meal choices.
Final Note: I was expecting the restaurant to be a little pushy in trying to get us out the door. However, I never felt rushed through out the entire meal. All in all, it took about two hours for the whole event...just what I was looking for.
Next Two RW Meals: Caucus Room, and Sea Catch.
15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001