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Our Night at Pastis Express

kawarthagirl | Jan 29, 200805:28 AM

We made a reservation on Saturday night, for my Mother's birthday... An early seating at 6:30 p.m. was a great idea b/c by the time we left, the place was a zoo and very loud!

We got the back corner table, which is quite cozy though it is very dark! Mom commented on that in French and the gentleman who seated us (owner?) brought us a little light for her to read her menu! :) Too funny!!

The tables are pretty close so if you mind people watching you while you eat, that is a bit of an issue, but it's a bistro, so what do you expect?

My husband started with a Kir Royal and I had a cosmo... Mom stuck with the Waterstone California Pinot Noir that we ordered. That was the first issue - for a bistro style place, there was virtually nothing on the wine list under $60, other than the pichet of house wine, which was not described so we didn't know what it was...

The specials were interesting - but here's a question... Why do they call it a 'special'? They should call it a 'feature', as it was more expensive than most of the rest of the menu. Special connotates a lower price. Anyhoo, I'll get off that tangent and get back to the food!

Myself: Terrine of foie gras - very good...
Husband: Cod fritters - he found the oil on the coating a bit strong tasting, as if it was a bit old, but otherwise, tasty.
Mom: Mussels - very heavy on the fennel, which was an interesting flavour but they were VERY FLAVOURFUL, which she found pleasantly suprising - so often, she finds they are not flavourful enough (the broth not being reduced down at all...)

Myself: Black cod 'special' - served with a pepperonata and some mash pots.... tasty and good portion size.
Husband: Grilled Nova Scotia lobster... He was happy as a clam... or should I say lobster? ;)
Mom: Same as me. He ordered a glass of chardonnay to go with it and that went well.

Both Mom and husband had the Gourmand platter - which had a profiterole, a marquise au chocolat and a creme brulee... very tasty.
I had the cheese plate... It was really good: old white cheddar, L'Heritier Blue and Douanier. I had never had the Douanier before and I am a HUGE Morbier fan so this was a pleasant alternative!

Husband also had a glass of 10 yr old Tawny Port.

Total? $353 for the three of us...

Worth it? Yes. Would we go back? Maybe mid-week for a casual meal...
Mom had a good birthday, and at the end of the day, that's all that matters.

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