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DAT dinner, but not really, at Bizou (long)

AppleSister | Jan 27, 200411:07 PM

I know Bizou's food is no secret to Chowhounds, but our dinner last night was so good, I have to share.

DAT is almost over, but Bizou's menu says its $30 prix-fixe is available year-round. Last night, the choices were 1) salad or soup of the day (cauliflower fennel); 2) steelhead trout or braised lamb shoulder; and 3) choice of desserts. All of us departed from the DAT, though, because the other things on the menu looked so good. We're all in our mid-twenties, without much money, so some of us had multiple appetizers, one had a single entree, and most of us came in around $30, without drinks, anyway. The staff didn't bat an eye.

Cauliflower fennel soup: I only had a bite of my friend's, but it was creamy and rich without feeling too heavy, so that you feel like you could eat it forever (a general theme to the dinner). She finished it completely.

Foie gras with Meyer lemon confit and fig tart: I've only had foie gras once before, in Paris, and was surprised to see it was so different here, not as salty, dense, and richer-than-butter. Still good, especially with the lemon confit which had an appealing slightly bitter kick (like Korean marmalade tea). I don't remember much about the tart, except that it was very flaky. I'm curious to know how other people would describe the foie gras at Bizou, and where else I could try foie gras' delicious variations.

Squid with black rice: very tender squid, flavorful rice. Compared to everything else, it was less exciting, mainly because everything else tasted nothing like anything I'd ever had in my life, in the best way possible.

Chestnut cannelloni with mushrooms and turnips: I was surprised how much I liked this. I tend like to like foods with sharp flavors, like spicy pickled, and this was just rich and mellow, but like the soup, it was almost deceptively light, maybe because it was so smooth, that I ate almost all of it. (Unlike when I eat spaghetti carbonara, which I love but can never eat more than 3 bites.) There wasn't that much chestnut flavor, but there were some almost sour mushrooms that perfectly balanced the very smooth ricotta. The turnips were a little too firm to me, but I ate it all anyway. It all just made me feel very happy and warm.

Gingerbread w/ bosc pear stuffed w/ nuts and dried fruit, w/ date and armagnac ice cream: the kind of dish you want to combine everything in every bite. I don't know what armagnac is, but it makes ice cream taste really good.

I didn't try anything else, but other people had and enjoyed the mussels, the pear salad w/ frisee and pancetta, and the roasted quails w/ polenta stuffing, pear, endive and treviso. One said the mussels were good, but not amazing. Anyway, they all looked too happy for me to snitch a bite.

Thank you, Chowhound, for the recommendation! Judging from the other posts, it looks like Bizou changes what's on their prix-fixe fairly frequently, so that you could get that deal multiple times and try different dishes. I normally lean towards cheap ethnic, mainly because so many expensive restaurants seem to have delicious food that's not quite delicious enough to merit the price, but I would save money for another meal at Bizou.

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