We’ve recently relocated to southwest Florida and have been steadily building a new portfolio of favored restaurants. Soon after we arrived, we tried Blue Windows Bistro on the recommendation of friends. With our second visit to this eatery, we felt compelled to contribute a review.
Run by a husband and wife team, it is a small restaurant. The décor is simple and inviting.
Although French cuisine is a minority player amongst our favorites, we do very much enjoy it when we have it. The menu is not extensive, but very nice in terms of selections. They offer a good range of wines – mostly French – at reasonable price.
The food itself is wonderful with a focus on “classics” such as Escargot, Coq au Vin and Ris de Veau (sweetbreads) with a handful of specials offered. I started with classic Escargots… heavenly in their utter simplicity. Next, a green salad, misted with that subtle Dijon dressing.
For the main course, I had my old favorite, sweetbreads. They were expertly prepared… melt-in-your-mouth tender with a nice little crust, plated with a beautiful calvados/crème sauce. My wife enjoyed the sautéed Triggerfish, also perfectly done buerre blanc.
Dessert was profiteroles drizzled with a dark chocolate sauce carrying a hint of Grand Marnier.
Overall, a terrific meal complemented by friendly, warm and attentive service.
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