I stopped by Bistro 7 in Reno tonight for dinner. It's located in the old Ciao Reno building on South Virginia Street a few blocks south of Neil Road and it's owned by some of the same people who owned Ciao.
I liked my meal. They do a good job of preparing the food and they carry on Ciao's tradition of having a good wine list. But my tab for my meal came to $65 with the tip. Bistro 7 isn't a place I can afford to eat at often.
Most of their menu is set up to try small plates. They also have eight or so entrees. The entrees are ala carte with vegetable dishes or starches an additional $5 each.
I decided to go with the braised short rib entree served in what they called tomato au jus with a fried egg sunny side up. It was $17. The spring salad was an additional $7 plus a side of mashed red potatoes was $5.
I like their wine list and they have several good wines available not only by the glass but by 2 ounce pours. So I started with a flight of white wines, a 2006 Seghesio arneis, a 2004 Varner Bee Block chardonnay and a 1999 Alsace Muscat -- Zind Humbrecht, I think. The arneis was weak and I think the muscat may have been improperly stored but the Varner was great. That's why you do flights of wine, to see what you like or don't like.
The salad was good with fresh greens and tasty garnishments. The entree was excellent. THe meat quality was good and it was perfectly prepared. Plus I liked the sauce, what they called tomato au jus. The waitress said it was a Portuguese style meal. I got a rglass of ed Rioja to go with it -- I don't remember the maker -- and that wine was nice.
The only let down of the meal was the mashed potatoes. THey were lumpy and undercooked. I had to put the sauce on them to give them any decent flavor. Potatoes are petty bland to begin with.
I also got desseert, a Chocolate fondue with cookies, a cake and candied orange peels. I liked the fondue, too.
I liked the meal and the service was good. But the add on costs of salad and sides makes it too expensive to eat there very often. I'd like to try the smalll plates approach next time.
7111 S. Virginia St.