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Beautiful bistro

Ken Hoffman | Jul 21, 200302:44 PM

Bistro Elan has been around a while. And I can understand why because it is a really wonderful place to dine. If the night is a warm one, sit out back under
the stars. The owners obviously love to garden becasue the place is full of wonderful and varied foliage both front and back.

The food is really good and I recommend particularly the fish. The chef has Swedish roots and this translates into a love and respect for seafood, a Scandanavian staple. We started with I thought would be a winner, rock shrimp and guacamole with a cumin crisp. It was only OK. The shrimp were embedded in a too wet and suspiciously pale green guac, held together by a longitudinal cucumber slice that had been bent into a cylindrical recepticle. Kind of bland.

The artic char on the other hand was perfectly realized.
The filet's consistency was perfect, no doubt achieved by a warm bath in liquified lard. It sat upon a very lightly lemoned sauce with thinly cut potatoes and zucchini. Really nice.

The steak was a generous sized ribeye. No gristle but a lot of beef lard made eating it something of an exercise in dissection. The flavor a full and the meat was cooked to order. It came with wok seared baby aspargaus and the biggest bowl of crisp and delicious fries I have seen on God's good earth. Get a bowl of these as a side no matter what you order.

Bistro Elan
448 California Ave., Palo Alto
Phone: 650/327-0284

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