I had a fabulous meal at Pili Pili tonight(though I was with the always spry Hildred, my mother, who can turn a 1 star meal into a 4 star extravaganza). The restaurant bills itself as French bistro, but the cooking is more sophisticated and interesting than a Le Bouchon, Mon Ami Gabi, etc.
The wine list was reasonably priced, with many selections priced under $40. I knew it was going to be a white wine dinner so I opted for a 2001 Triennes Viognier from Provence, priced at $34. Very nice wine. It was also available by the glass.
The meal started with an excellent in house baked, warm, Fougasse, served with good, unsalted butter.
My appetizer was a Tarte Tatin of Artichoke, Fennel, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Parmesan, and Olive Emulsion($8.0). Great dish, but is was more of a tart than a tart tatin. I didn't think the tart dough was buttery enough, but it didn't detract from the dish. Hildred had a Barcelona Canalons-Veal and Chicken Canelloni's with Parmesan Sauce($7.50). It was rich, but outstanding.
My entree was Bourride-a Provencal Seafood Stew, Rouille, and Garlic Croutons$21.00). This dish was absolutely to die for. The broth mixed with the spicy rouille was straight from heaven. It came with a mixture of seafood, mussels, clams, and shrimp. Mom had Goat Cheese Ravioli, Spinach, Tomatoes, and Basil Sauce($13.50). Not exactly French, but a well executed dish. This wouldn't have been my 1st choice of dishes, but who am I to argue with my mother. In any case, it was enjoyable and a good choice for any misguided vegetarians out there. This is not a slam at any bark eaters, I just feel that life is too short to be a vegetarian.
There were some good looking desserts but didn't have room to accomodate them. Just another excuse to go back.