I have seen good reviews on this board of Cafe le Coq, and thought I would add a recent one.
We went to this bistro on Saturday for the first time and had a fantastic meal with great service. The menu was an abbreviated Valentine's version of their regular menu, but there were still plenty of choices. We put ourselves in our waiter, Michael's hands, and enjoyed the following:
- Bacon and Onion Tart. I thought the pastry was a little mushy, but the sweetness of the onions, the saltiness of the bacon, and the tanginess of the cheese was a great combo.
- Endive Salad. Delicious salad of chopped endive, walnuts and blue cheese in a thin pastry shell. This was not something we normally would have ordered based on the description on the menu, but our waiter recommended it and we loved it.
- Entrecote (steak) with bernaise. Wonderful piece of New York strip - not done quite to medium as my husband ordered, but nicely seasoned and a fairly decent size. Served with a small serving of dauphinois potatoes (I think that's the right term - like a gratin).
- Trout stuffed with spinach. I can't remember exactly what the name of this dish was, but it was a whole trout, stuffed with a chopped spinach filling, served on red pepper cream sauce. I thought it could have been a little more seasoned, but my husband also loved this.
- Vanilla poached pear on almond cake. Served with caramel sauce. I'm normally a chocolate lover, but this was a great way to end a rich meal.
We had a half-bottle of French pinot noir and the bill came to $100 (without tax). The restaurant was bustling, but not deafening. In typical bistro fashion we were squeezed in next to each other at the banquette seating, but the ambience was great, the service excellent, and it's definitely a place I'd recommend to everyone.
Cafe le Coq
734 Rue du Lac (Lake Street)