I made it to Le Charm tonight for an early 1000 open table point dinner res. i wanted to compare it to Chapeau in order to find the best restaurant to fix the french bistro cravings that inevitably arise occasionally.
the GF and I did a la carte and had the duck breast, foie gras with brioche, pork/duck rilletes, french onion soup, and beet salad.
i was pretty disappointed... the foie gras really let me down. it was stringy and not as tasty as others ive had in the past and the brioche tasted stale. the french onion soup, considering im at a french bistro, should have been good but was watery and pretty average... and thats comparing it to french onion soups even at non-french restaurants. the duck was OK... overcooked and the sauce was VERY oniony. the pate had the consistency of the salt cod at delfina. which no pate should have.
the best dish was the beet and arugula salad... very hard to mess that up.
i also had the malbec and the bordeaux they had by the glass. both were very warm for some reason and pretty poor wines.
i really wanted to like the place considering how great the outside patio area is. about 8 tables outside with ivy covered walls and heaters. the staff was extremely nice and gave friendly bistro-esque service... All in all however, it just wasnt worth the money, and certainly doesnt compare to Chapeau foodwise.
how do chapeau and bistro jeanty compare? i need to go to rue saint jacques still and compare also, but for now chapeau is definitely my fav. any others im forgetting?
total with ~25% tip: 100 even (i have tip rounding OCD)