On the suggestion of Griller141, we cruised up the 2 to Bistro Verdu in Montrose. I like this stretch of Verdugo Rd., with it's small shops and quiet feel. A nice place to take a stroll after a meal.
BV is a friendly and cozy bistro. The staff is outgoing, and led us to a table against the wall by the bar. The menu is very appealing with starters ranging from $5-8 and entrees in the range of $12-16. Tonights special was Cassoulet, which sounded good, but not what I was looking for.
We started with a savory tart of goat cheese, cured olives and proscuitto on a bed of greens, and the grilled merguez sausages with sliced yukon golds and caramelized onions in a light broth (served with a side of couscous). The tart was fabulous, rich yet delicate. The sausage plate seemed disjointed. The merguez and each component tasted good, but I don't think it all works together. I didn't really know what to do with the side of couscous. This dish needs rethinking.
Entrees were the New York steak with a dab of dijon mustard on the side of the plate and chilled green bean salad in a dijon vinaigrette, and the highly recommended Coq au Vin. The steak was slightly overcooked from what was ordered (medium came out with almost no color) and suffered from having no sauce. The dab of mustard on the side was out of place. The green beans were very good, however. My coq au vin was traditional except for the two little potato cakes. The chicken breast was slightly dry but the dark meat remained moist. The dish was classic and very well prepared. Though the menu mentions smoked bacon, it seemed absent. The potato cakes were dry and overly salted. There was no room for dessert. We brought a bottle of wine, with no corkage charged.
I want to like BV. It's friendly, comfortable and casual. They've been open three weeks and seem to still be experimenting with the menu. They are open for lunch and dinner Tue. thru Sat. Our meal was not bad, but it was not great. Hopefully the kitchen will settle down and find it's stride. I'll be back at some point, hopefully to try the cassoulet. Other's should try and see what they think. Dinner without tip was $46.
3459 N Verdugo Rd.