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Bliss Bistro in Sunnyside - consistently mediocre

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Bliss Bistro in Sunnyside - consistently mediocre

biondanonima | May 18, 2008 06:06 AM

Went to Bliss last night for dinner with a few friends - this was my first visit in well over a year. I went a couple of times when they first opened (probably 3 visits within their first year and a half) and was always underwhelmed with the food, so hadn't bothered to go back. However, one of my friends has become something of a regular there and told me that since they changed ownership, things have improved, so I decided to give it another go.

All I can really say is meh. The food was okay. I had a burger, which was totally underseasoned and obviously made with crap beef (totally devoid of beef flavor, and the texture of the meat was like mush). They did manage to cook it to specification, though (rare). I also had a salad, and when I requested bleu cheese dressing, they didn't have any. Huh? How do you not have bleu cheese dressing? Anyway, I eventually received "caesar" dressing, which was quite possibly the blandest salad dressing I've ever tasted - it wasn't tangy, wasn't parmesany, wasn't anchovy-y - I don't even know how you'd go about making something with so little flavor. Straight mayo would have been 100 times tastier. BF had the hanger steak, which was fine - a little tough, and a smallish portion. Accompanying vegetables were overcooked. Others at the table ordered strip steak with peppercorn sauce (dry), mushroom ravioli (tasty sauce, gummy pasta) and sole over risotto (decent, probably the best dish of the night, and a very large portion). I didn't have the fries but they did look good, I will admit.

Anyway, IMHO, Bliss Bistro is still mediocre despite new management, and still overpriced for the quality of the food. BF's steak was $20, and while that's not an outrageous price to pay for a steak, it better be a pretty good one. I mean, I can think of plenty of bistros in Manhattan where you'd pay comparable prices for better food. Les Sans Culottes has a prix-fixe that includes their fun sausage-tree and crudites appetizer, your choice of entree (I've had decent steak there) AND dessert for around $22-$23. Here in Queens we should be getting better quality and/or more food for comparable prices. I assume they stay in business because they don't have any competition here (unless you count Quaint). In the future, I will stick with what Sunnyside does best - ethnic! De Mole here I come!

ETA - Service, though very polite (almost obsequious, since my friend is a regular and the waitstaff obviously finds her VERY attractive), was excruciatingly slow. We probably waited 45 mins for our mains, and the restaurant was by no means full. There is also a pretty serious language barrier.

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