I tried Bistro Verdu's $25 prix fixe last night. It is a nice little restaurant, but it tries to be more than it really executes. The food is presented with lots of adjectives, and is piled up on top itself like little tents, all of which show aspirations to be a fancy restaurant. And the food was all solid and pretty good, but not exceptional.
For the appetizer, I had the heirloom tomatoes salad with golden raisins, sunflower seeds, and black truffle oil. It was good, but the tomatoes weren't very sweet (is that just the way heirloom tomatoes are?), although the oil was quite good. My uncle (dining companion) had the escargot, which he said was good but not quite garlicy enough. He sees escargot as an excuse for garlic butter, which I agree with.
For my entree, I had the halibut with a fennel-basil sauce. Good fish with butter and herbs, but nothing more than that. Uncle had the flank steak with feta, kalamatas and heirloom tomatoes. His dish was, as he described it, "a greek salad in a steak." Again, it was ok, but not delectable.
For dessert, I had the apple tart with vanilla ice cream. The ice cream was rich and tasted homemade, but the tart was dry and not buttery enough. Uncle had the creme brulee, which was good.
Bistro Verdu still is a BYOB, so the whole meal was $58 before tip with coffee, etc. Service was very friendly, with an attentive waitress.
This is a nice little neighborhood restaurant, but it is overpriced and over adjectived. Next time I'll go back to La Cabanita and gorge myself on the chiles.
3459 N Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208