My DW and I stopped in for lunch today and I am here to declare that this new restaurant, located in the old spot of Harry's and ever so briefly Dina's, is quite worthy of your patronage. The space is lovely, The dining room is two spaces separated by a comfy looking leather sectional sofa. The cranberry carpet and tile floors are offset by lemon yellow and burnt orange walls. Walls are adorned with stained glass sconces, artwork evoking France and the Mediterranean. Tables are spaced out nicely, covered in white linens, and set simply, yet elegantly with cloth napkins, silver and side palates. The separate bar area is modern, spacious, and has a casual elegance.
The menu is quite broad with French and Italian influences. They have several appetizers and salads and allow you to add grilled salmon, jumbo shrimp, chicken, steak or lobster to any salad. This is a feature I wish more restaurants would offer. There is a range of burgers, priced form $9-11, an array brick oven pizzas, and about 2 dozen entrees featuring seafood dishes, pastas and several risottos. Dinner entrees are priced from $16 to $28. At lunch they offer smaller portion plates for a very reasonable $10-$13. We ordered the chicken saltimbocca ($12.50) which was a very nice rendition with diced roma tomatoes, mushrooms, pan roasted chicken with a nice thick cut of parma procuitto served on pasta. Tender, juicy, and flavorful proved it waqs a result of a skilled hand. With so many interesting choices it was agianst my better judgement to order a burger, but ever on the lookout for the Cape's best burger, I opted for the bacon stuffed burger ($10). I'm guessing it was 8 oz. of fresh angus beef stuffed with apple smoked bacon, and topped with Monterey jack and carmelized onion. It came with a generous portion of hand cut seasoned fries, crispy on the outside and meaty on the in. No Sysco frozen stuff here. The burger was cooked to order perfectly and was at least 1 inch thick, juicy, and filled out the Pain D'Avignon bun. Cape's best burger? I haven't had better!
The service was a little disjointed, clearly inexperienced but very personable, and it took a little too long for the food to come out of the kitchen, especially given there were only 4-5 other parties. But the end result was terrific. At $24 for lunch plus tip (no drinks today) it's a very reasonable tarrif.
It's a tough location as it's just off Main Street and most tourists will overlook it. Well worth your time and money, however, so when you are in the area, give them a try. Lunch for now is just Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Dinner menu is online at: http://www.bistrotdesoleil.com/