I stopped into Park Bistro with a client w/o reservations for lunch 2 weeks ago during that terrible heat wave we were having. It was a hot day, about 90 degrees. The host greeted us with a smile and a worried look. He explained to us that the cooling system was broken, and was in the process of being fixed. Uh Oh, I thought, its hot!!! The doors were open, and nary a breeze. He than went on to say that if we don't mind the heat, "all beverages would be on the house", and apologized, but also said that if we did not want to stay, which he would understand, he recommended Meli Melo around the corner. Which I thought was nice of him.
I scanned the room, which was about 1/4 full. We decided to stay, and very happy we did. We sat by the open doors, and were immediately brought a plate of cool watermelon to lower our body heat! We both had the Prix Fixe menu, delicious coconut mussels for me, and a shrimp and arugula salad for my guest. Both were excellent. For the main course, I had the crispy salmon with truffle sauce and creamed spinach, and my guest had the Trout with lentils and wild mushrooms. After a few glasses of their house white chardonnay, we felt a little cooler. The service was as good as can be, as well was the bread, great for sucking up the mussel juices. We were also sent out some cool Tomato Basil soup in between, Gratis. For dessert I had the Classic floating Island with a thick vanilla scented Creme Anglaise and my client had the Brioche bread budding, which had dried fruits mixed in. Both were fresh and delicious. A few more tables came in in the meantime, but also a few declined the offer of free beverages and left. I am so happy we stayed. The food was great, and for $25 for 3 courses, even in the heat was a great deal. Along with the check, came out some homemade raspberry sorbet, to further cool us off and make up for the inconvenience. More than the food, and free drinks, what impressed us was the sincerity of the staff. I havent been here in about 3 years, but I don't remember it being so good. Of course as we were leaving, I heard a whoosh, and on came the A.C! Pretty bad timing on my part, but they certainly tried their best to make us feel comfortable, and welcome.