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Frenchy's Bistro/Long Beach

Food Coma | Aug 6, 200305:37 PM

After receiving recommendations from several on this board, my wife and I had dinner at Frenchy's last Saturday. Here's what we had:

Starter: Salmon gravlaks with potato pancake and caviar w/a lemon-dill sauce.
Soup: Lobster Bisque
Entree/Me: Braised lamb shank over mashed potatoes, served with green/white string beans.
Entree/Wife: Dover sole with lemon/butter/wine sauce, mixed vegetables and cous cous.
Dessert: Shared chocolate souffle.

The food and the service were great. If I had to choose, I'd say that best things we ordered were the gravlaks, the bisque and the Dover Sole. The salmon was perfectly cured and smoked. It married really well with the sauce and the thin potato pancake. The bisque was a very simple broth, but packed with flavor. The sole was extremely fresh and the sauce, similar to the soup, was very flavorful without being so strong that it overpowered the fish. Nothing overly fancy. High quality ingredients prepared simply. Seems pretty basic, but not a whole lot of places seem to be able to pull this off.

We sat in the larger room off to the side, which, as several mentioned, is pretty noisy. If I have one criticism, it was the size of the table we sat at. This thing could not have been much more than 3x3.

We'll be back. To those of you that recommended Frenchy's, thanks.

On a side note, after dinner, my wife and I strolled through Belmont Shore. Anybody try Malvasia or Bono's?

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