Had lunch today at Madison Bistro(t). The (t) is because that's what it says on the handouts, but not in the phone book. In any event, a pretty solid lunch experience. Everything was very good. Let's start:
I had the crabcake appetizer which upon first glance did not dissapoint. I knew I was in for a big meal when this arrived. The sauce not only tasted, but smelled thick. In reality it was medium in thickness (viscous?) and full of flavor. The accompanying vegetables (spinach, carrots, etc.) were appropriate. I ordered the steak frites medium, it arrived medium rare (which was just right). The frites were browned and salted just enough and went great with the jus. The steak itself was saltier than expected, which is probably why it stands out. I only discarded 2 very small portions of fat, the rest was great. Even the small salad that arrived on the plate went well. For dessert we had the cheese plate. Nothing fancy here, but the cheeses were very good. A roquefort, an emmenthaler, a creamy goat cheese and a too-young-to-be-served camembert/brie. All were from Artisanal and were decided upon by the staff.
My dining partner had the onion soup and the free range chicken and was completely satisfied. These four dishes, plus 4 glasses of a house cabernet and the cheese plate before tip came to $128. I'd go back here again when in the area. I've been to Freres Jacques before (right around the corner) and find Madison Bistro to be a better alternative.
Overall a good lunch.
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