I went to Savoy Bistro on Sunday with two other dinner companions, That was three days ago and I can't really remember anything memorable from that dinner. Telling...
The appetizers ordered were the grilled calamari, cauliflower soup and moules frites. I couldn't believe the size of the calamari when it came. It was a single calamari the size of a small egg. More insulting was that they cut up the poor little thing into tiny pieces, in case the diner couldn't stick the WHOLE calamari in their mouth. My friend didn't share his calamari so I can't comment on the taste. But he didn't have a comment either, so I guess it was nothing spectacular. The soup was 'bland'. The best looking appetizer was the moules frite which I had. The mussels were cooked in a white wine and shallot liquid which was nice but not very imaginative. The frites were sprinkled with fried shallots which added a nice touch. However, my dinner companion said the frites were a bit over cooked. When asked for mayonnaise for the frites, the server said they were out. How can they be a true bistro without stocking mayonnaise for their frites?
The mains were steak frites, rosemary chicken and sole. The friend who had the steak didn't comment again on his main (like he didn't for his calamari appetizer). After the tiny appetizer, he got a tiny steak -- the size of a bar of soap. At least he was able to fill up on frites which took up 3/4 of the plate. The sole tasted alright but the portion again was very small. However, the green beans that accompanied the fish was cooked perfectly. They were a dark green, sweet and have a bit of a crunch to them. My chicken was moist but rather bland, there was almost half a chicken too. Again, the side veggies were better than the meat.
Desserts were a boring selection of espresso or vanilla creme brule. Whenever a restaurant resorts to creme brule or creme caramel for desserts, it means they don't care to put much thought into their menu.
I asked to see their regular menu and many of the Winterlicious choices were on it. Most of their appetizers were around 10 dollars and their mains were in the 20 dollar range. From what I saw and tasted that evening, the quality does not justify the price. It's doubtful that I or my dinner companionships would be returning to Savoy Bistro.
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