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Bistrot La Minette - brief review


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Bistrot La Minette - brief review

Bigley9 | Sep 29, 2008 10:33 AM

Had dinner at Bistrot La Minette on Saturday night. It has been open less than a month.
The interior of the restaurant is beautiful and sets the mood for a lovely evening in Paris. The staff were very pleasant. We had the country pate and salmon tatare for appetizers - both very good. I would go back for the pate alone, served with tiny "loaves" of brioche about the size of a large thumb. The salmon was served with lentils and marscapone - the dressing was described as an orange vinegarette, but the orange got lost because of a good amount of tarragon - still good but not what I expected from the description. We had the two most expensive entrees - the steak and the Halibut. The halibut was in a broth and served with clams and fava beans, it was a little more done than I prefer but I like my fish less done than many folks do. The clams were small - cockles really - but good. The fava were quarter size and not cooked enough for favas that large. The broth was good and the dish worked overall. My chow-spouse's steak was cooked rare as she ordered it and was served with a potato gratin and harticorte vert wrapped in bacon. Very good all around by report. The pot de creme was "the best I've had" - again by report as I don't eat dessert.
The price seemed fair - without alcohol about $100 for two (and we did order higher priced offerings.
The down side? The service was very frustrating. While they accommodated our ordering appetizers and then 10 minutes later our entrees (couldn't decide, but we were hungry!), and I have no issue with lingering between courses, we ordered drinks when we arrived and a second round before the appetizers were delivered. The apps arrived and we had no drinks. They arrived several minutes later. OK - no biggie, but then the same thing happened with our entrees - ordered a glass of wine well before the entrees arrived and it didn't get there until well after the entrees. Same thing happened to the table next to us - he had to flag down the staff to get his wine. They asked for the check with their dessert order and waited probably 15 minutes for their dessert. The restaurant was full most of the time we were there but it didnot appear "hectic", there were at least three waitstaff and at least three runners, maybe more and it is not a big room.
I'll definitely go back for pate and a martini at a small table in the front bar area, and I'll keep an eye on the service to decide about going back for a meal. It really does feel like Paris, I hope the service improves.

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