Friday night, desperate for dinner out and the wife vetoing the regualar Friday night Mexican, we headed to Bistro Verdu. When we first entered at about 6:15, we didn't feel so bad bringing our 4 year old and the 8 month old in the car seat, because there was only one other table full. By the time we left at 8, the place was packed. Lucky for us the kids were unusually well behaved.
Dinner was wonderful. The merguez sausage and potatoe starter was great and had an undisclosed broth that was soaked up by the also undisclosed side of cous cous that came with it for a delicious combo. A roasted beet and goat cheese salad was well executed, too, but the stand out was grilled salmon with blood orange marmalade on spicy green beans (haricot vert, not blue lake beans).
For dinner, my wife had the fish special, a great roasted ling cod (rockfish) with a Morrocan inspired preparation - north african spices ont he fish, harissa on the side, and a yogurt/cilantro/something charmoula surrounding the fish. I had the regular menu linguine which was wonderful - it had winter greens (mustard, cavolo nero, etc.), oven roasted tomatoes, and more. But the absurdly decadent specia ice cream sandwich was the killer surprise of the night. Two massive homemade chocolate cookies sandwiching a crazy amount of vanilla icecream. A mess fantastique.
Four appetizers, two entrees, one desert, one drink and tip was only $80.
I hightly recommend Bistro Verdu, particularly while you can still bring your own vino without corkage - definitely the best dinner spot in the Montros/La Canada area for a nice, Cal-Mediterranean meal.