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Bistro Verdu Update

Griller141 | Feb 9, 200510:36 PM

Went tonight - they reopened recently after a renovation closing last month.
I had gotten to the point of apologizing for perhaps overhyping this place in the past year, but they have currently surpassed their former good rating IMHO.
More relaxed, somehow, than previously. The waitstaff has matured and are efficient and seem to be having more fun. Place was pretty full for a recently reopened weeknight. A few loud tables, but generally a genial atmosphere very reminiscent of a Paris Bistro. I was the only male (along with one waiter) in a room with - I counted - 16 females. Didn't hurt the atmosphere rating.
Wednesday is $25 prix fixe 3 course night.
Roasted beet with pepper crusted goat cheese salad or mussels in a light cream sauce. They agreed to let me substitute sauteed escargot in a to die for butter sauce. The beet salad was good but small.
"Local" yellowtail with risotto was a hit and, though I'm not sure how local it was, no complaint re freshness or flavor. Chicken cassoulet was full of bacon and deep winter flavors, though with lima beans instead of the more traditional base.
Desserts included a decadent chocolate profiterole-type dish or a creme caramel with a fruit sauce. Not as good as the mains, but no complaints.
There is still a $0 corkage policy (they have been approved for a liquor license and hope to have it in their hands in 3 weeks - corkage is predicted to be ~$5 per bottle, but we'll see). A 2000 Laird Chardonnay and a 1983 DRC Eschezeaux didn't hurt the experience.
Nearby tables were happy and friendly - our neighbors, with whom we shared wine and conversation were ladies of a certain age who were celebrating a birthday and swore they would be coming back every night.
There are better places in West LA - for a lot more $ and a lot worse wines - but if you're in this part of the city there is little to compare.
$25 per person with wine (brought in) included. Let's see you match that!
Bistro Verdu
3459 Verdugo Bl
Glendale not far from the 210/2 interchange

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