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Bistrot La Minette

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Bistrot La Minette

spike74 | Nov 7, 2011 05:29 AM

Went here with my spouse for a birthday dinner Saturday night. Beautiful space with French Bitro feel, molding on walls and celing, hanging copper pots at enterance to open kitchen. Loved the decor.

Food was very good but not great. Service was okay.

They brought us cheese puffs to start which were lukewarm and tasted like they were defrosted from the frozen section of a grocery store. The bread was good but came with overly salted butter. Maybe that's the French style but was a bit potent. Starters were a big improvement. My spouse had mussels with a tasty cream sauce. She said they were the best mussels she ever had. I enjoyed the squash soup but thought the dollop of cream on top was too large and overwhelmed the soup when it melted. I loved the rabbit with homemade pasta and gravy though it was a tad too salty. Spouse liked her salmon special which was pan cooked. Can' t remember vegetables with it.
I loved chocolate pudding which was rich but not too rich and really creamy. Spouse had a beautiful looking spounge cake that wasn't her ideal choice.

Server made a point of telling us his favorites for each course without our asking. He did this for neighboring table as well. My spouse thought it was just part of his style. I felt like he was trying to push items that weren't selling as well. He didn't give a reason why he liked the items like "the sauce really brings out the flavor of the fish...". He just said "my favorite is x..." He also tried to rush us. The entrees appeared the minute the appetizers were removed and he arrived with the dessert menus the second the entrees disappeared. He didn't ask if we wanted dessert, just assumed we did. When I asked for more time to decide after he reappeared a minute after leaving the dessert menus, he seemed surprised. We had to call him back, like he was offended we didn't answer the first time. My wife asked for a scoop of vanilla ice cream with her cake which they brought and then charged us for a second dessert. I understand adding a few dollars for the ice cream (though in a nice restaurant like this they could have just given it too us as I've experienced in other places), but thought the complete dessert charge was excessive. I didn't complain about it as I didn't want to disrupt meal. The server also dropped the check on the table without our asking for it. There was no one waiting for table. We were in and out in about 90 minutes and according to computer by front door there was at least 30 minute until next reservation arrived for our table.

Overall, beautiful location, really good food, so-so service. Spent about $150 for the two of us including one glass of wine each and the three desserts.

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