New French bistro in Folsom, on Bidwell street close to Hwy 50. We went for dinner on a thursday. The decor is a faux Paris look. Something is not quite right, maybe they try a little too hard. Maybe it's the gigantic glass Eiffle Tower flower vase on each table, or maybe it's the two TV's showing the World Series in the small bar, or maybe it's the drappery which can't hide that this is located in a suburban mall. First thing I noticed was that the lighting was dim and I can barely read the very small print on the menu. The piano player was a nice touch.
The service was very stiff, and a little inexperienced. We were brought salads instead of the shrimp bisque we ordered. Not a big deal but certainly started on the wrong foot. The bisque (or salad) came with each dinner, and it's a very nice bisque. Probably the best thing of the evening.
For the main course we order the Mahi Mahi and a halibut. The Mahi was tough, had that frozen/defrosted kind of taste. The chef apparently forgot to salt the halibut. For the first time in my life I went to the salt bottle on the table. It's texture was definitely better than the Mahi. The sauce was weak and tasteless. Frankly, it's nothing that Scott's Seafood cannot do, and for about 10% less money.
I bypass the coffee, seeing that it's industrial coffee, not something that a French bistro would ever serve.
Conclusion, if I want a bistro experience in this area, I would definitely go to Bidwell Street Bistro instead of this one. Reading the review in the Bee about how the owners went to great lengths to find their chef, I am wondering "Why?"