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recent chowing at Bizou

beanbag | Mar 30, 200408:34 PM

Went to Bizou last weekend with a group of several people, and tried quite a few dishes. On the whole, I think I'd go back for certain dishes, but I'd be cautious with the ordering. I wasn't crazy about the much-discussed fried green bean appetizer -- it's like a tempura vegetable, I suppose. (Maybe it's just me, but I'd much rather have the super-flavorful dry-roasted green beans I get at Chinese places.) There was nothing wrong with it, but I just found it pretty uninteresting.

The real standouts for me were the beef cheeks entree and the coffee ice cream vacherin dessert. The beef cheeks were slow-braised and then pan fried with a light layer of bread crumbs. It was an unusual dish, the meat falling-apart tender like a typical braise, but with a bit of crunch from the brief pan-frying.
The coffee ice cream vacherin was outrageous -- coffee ice cream atop a layer of meringue, drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with candied nuts.

I'd say the "misses" were the cassoulet and the lamb entrees. The lamb was dry, even though it was ordered med-rare, and the cassoulet was a little gummy, heavy on the beans.

It was noisy but I liked the atmosphere of the place, with warm lighting and a bistro feel.

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