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Bistro d'oc report

tigerjohn | Feb 10, 2006 09:50 AM

I like to have a good cassoulet this time of year in the cold of winter. I went to Bistro du Coin last week for one that was completely forgettable, and decided that it didn't count. With that in mind, I headed to Bistro D'Oc with a friend last night.

We started with a side of frites and the mushroom fricassee. The frites were average, crispy but mushy with no "oommph" to them. The fricasse, with chorizo, mushrooms, seafood and garlic confit was outstanding, particularly the buttery sauce (a good complement with the servicable but ultimately pedestrian bread).

The cassoulet itself was wonderful. Properly browned and crunchy on top, the bean stew was flavorful but not too oily, and a generous portion of meat. A whole duck leg/thigh, a link of sauage, several large chunks of lamb and a slice of smoked pork loin. the only disappointment was the skin of the duck confit which was soggy.

My friend had the grilled lamb loin with bearnaise which he seemed to enjoy.

For dessert I chose the wild cherries soaked in armangac with homemade ice cream. The cherries were too few for $7.95, but delicious. Simply a bowl of these cherries with a light syrup would have been preferred.

Service was pleasant and attentive, no complaints. Total bill was $70 before tip. Given the range of the menu, I plan to be back frequently.

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