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Beaujolais Bistro - Reno

janet of reno | Jun 9, 200508:04 PM

I don't know if its the incessant rain we've been having or what(Come on Nature: This is Reno...in June! Haven't we had enough weather for a year???) but I've been pining for Paris....I was in a bit of a blue mood this afternoon, and had absolutely nothing to do for the first time in weeks, so decided to treat myself and pretend (if only for an hour or two) that I was there. I headed down to Beaujolais Bistro. I've been wanting to eat there for awhile, but haven't been able to convince DH. It hade been several years since I was there, and I understand that the chef now there is fairly new. Well, it was a delightful lunch. I resisted the temptation to have a starter, and went with the meat special, a filet sliced and served in a wild mushroom sauce over potato puree. The mushrooms were delicious, the meat tender and cooked just perfectly medium rare; the potatoes weren't quite as perfectly creamy as some we had in Paris, but they were close. The plate was completed with some beautiful al dente Haricots verts, and was served with a crusty baguette and perfect butter. I washed it down with a glass of a zinfandel suggested by the waiter; I confess I didn't catch the maker but it was certainly very drinkable, and served in proper stemware. After lunch I ran to refill my meter (the waiter offered to do it for me; he was very sweet and very french...). When I returned, he served my dessert choice: a lemon tart with a raspberry coulis. The tart was appropriately sour, with a wisp of a crust and a few fresh raspberries on top. Delicious. I sat and drank my coffee, staring at the rain, until I realized I was the only patron left. They never rushed me or made me feel unwelcome, even though the closed sign came up as soon as I was out the door. Lunch wasn't cheap (with tax and tip and wine it was around $40), but heck, Paris would have been much more :-) And the special I chose WAS the most expensive item on the lunch menu (yes, the waiter DID recite prices on the specials. Service was excellent). They do have a good looking quiche and salad special for 8.50, croque monsieur, and several similar choices if your mood isn't quite in the splurge mode.....

Link: http://www.beaujolaisbistro.com

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