I was in Sarasota last weekend and went to Bijou Cafe for dinner based on the numerous recommendations on this site. Lets just say that "letdown" would be an understatement!!
The food was mediocre at best and they charged South Beach prices to boot!! Bijou Cafe would last a week in South Beach.
During the meal, I thought we were getting terrible service. As I reflect back on the experience, I actually think the waiter was just being honest.
Background: The Piri Piri Shrimp is one of their signature dishes.
Me: The Piri Piri Shrimp is good, right?
Waiter: Not really
Girlfriend: Are there any appetizers that you would recommend?
Waiter: No Not really
Girlfriend bewilderdly looks at me(I had the same look on my face)
I ordered the shrimp and it was shrimp dipped in Tabasco sauce. I could have had that at the Waffle House down the block!!!! for a tenth of the price
I had the "Bijou pepper steak" as my main dish and it was inedible. There was a mountain of bijou pepper sauce on the steak that tasted like wellllll I better refrain from saying that. let's just say I didn't taste any steak :)
My G who was unfortunately celebrating her b-day had the crab cakes or should I say dough ball with a pinch of imitation crab
The meal was soooo bad that we were scared to stay for b-day cake
They should change the name to Bijoudoody cafeteria and that is being kind
Anyone who likes that place needs to get in their car and head across the alley to South Beach and get a REAL MEAL!!!!!!!!!!!
We did have two great meals at Verona at the Ritz.
The service at the hotel was amazing.
We also had a great lunch at Cafe L'Europe