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Bistro Verdu (Encore Baby!)

Local | May 11, 200402:23 PM

Add mine (and 4 dinner buddies) to the series of aye votes. We went Saturday night in celebration of the S.O.s birthday. I memorized highlights of the specials list, but 2 glasses of wine and 3 days later..., well, nevermind...

but the "small plates" included a rock shrimp ceviche, rosemary/goat cheese w/pear compote tart drizzled with balsamic reduction, and vichysoise (sold out, along with the Merguez sausage(regular menu) before we got there!) Ceviche was tempting but I opted for roasted fresh beets layered w/peppered goat cheese and balsamic over mesclun(yum). A baby greens salad, and the infamous cheese selection (Couple No. 2 was absolutely absorbed in this, every bite came with a wow and sigh)rounded out the first course.

Kudos on the fish preparation- we ended 2Xing on the entrees -scottish salmon, idaho red trout butterflied, w/ tomato and preserved lemon rind concasse over mesclun and roasted potatoes, and a roasted vegetable "struddle". As much as i really, really, really wanted to try the ice cream sandwich, another couple brought a cake for dessert so next time! (supposedly a "cake fee", but i didn't see anything when the bill came).

Service was attentive, not effusive- always right there when the wine needed opening, brought the cake without a cue...even, the 20 minute delay for our 7:30 pm res. didn't dampen the evening -it was so nice outside and the host paid close attention with table-status updates. Apparently, the party booked before us enjoyed their evening as much as we did. We sat down at 8 and didn't leave til finishing off the wine/coffee at 10:15 - Total for 6 people/6 entrees, 4 "small plates", coffee, incl.18% tip (applied by mgmt. for parties 6>)and tax $190.

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