My husband and I visited Bijou Restaurant and Bar to redeem a Living Social deal: $39 for a prixe-fixe dinner for 2. It included 2 glasses of champagne, 2 appetizers, 2 entrees and 2 desserts. I figured it would be a good deal and looked forward to our evening. We did enjoy ourselves, but overall the price we should have paid for that meal was way too pricey compared to what we received.
The beef carpaccio was good, but the ahi tuna tartare was a little heavy on the onions and light on the tuna. The champagne was just okay, probably of the mediocre variety. According to Bijou's menu online when I purchased the Living Social deal and right before we visited, the entree choices included beef bourguignon and pan seared scallops. Neither of these were on the menu. Instead, we had to choose from pasta, some vegetarian option, pan roasted chicken and pan seared cod. We went with the chicken and cod since those were 2 of the more appealing choices, but they were a far cry from what we were expecting after seeing the menu online. The dessert menu was also very limited, so I chose creme brulee and my husband got the crepes to go for me to eat later. The creme brulee was good, but nothing better than I've had before. Upon closer inspection of the "crepes" (plural), we noticed we had just 1 crepe with a couple slices of banana and a tiny smear of Nutella.
The bill for that dining experience came to $105 before tax and tip (and coupon). Yes, it was a decent meal, but it was not what we were expecting, and it certainly wasn't worth $105. It might have been worth the $39 we paid, but that's about it. We were very disappointed that a restaurant would use a coupon to lure people in and then, rather than dazzle the customers with what they have to offer in the hopes that customers will return, they instead corral you into less than stellar choices, which makes you never want to return.
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