In a most unprepossessing setting -- a very ordinary strip mall in Bethesda -- lurks a fabulous French bakery and a pleasant bistro. The macaroons are not far below the quality of the famous Ladurre ones in Paris (and now also in New York), the cakes rival one another in quality and temptation, and the breakfast raisin rolls are just perfect, which is why they sell out so fast. As for meals, the food is straight-out French, including such now-hard-to-find classic treats as quenelles, which are a rich fish dish of ground pike with lobster sauce. They have genuine flown-in Dover sole from time to time, which they are not giving away, but if you ask them to cook it almandine it will need to be nailed to the plate or it will float away. Sitting at the tables outside the bakery in the middle of the mall right next to the service road is not a treat, but sitting upstairs on the terrace outside the restaurant is perfectly pleasant on a clement evening. The dining rooms themselves are ordinary but the staff is eager to please.
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