My husband and I enjoyed a very nice Friday evening at Bistro La Persaud. I have been very intrigued by French food recently so have been seeking out opportunities to try different french restaurants. When I saw a Groupon for this Bistro worth $50 for only $25 I bought it.
We went tonight and had a very enjoyable night. We were a little surprised at first by the location (where is that??) and what else was going on in the building. Depending on the seat you receive could really affect the ambiance because the room is beautiful but if you are seated next to the entrance you see a university cafeferia exterior. I really loved facing the kitchen and watching the action (picture Hell's Kitchen without all the yelling!) That was fun!
First, the service. These guys and gals are clearly highly trained and work to do a good job but there was a little something lacking. We got our amuse bouche before we were even asked for our drink requests. When I did order my wine it took a long time. But when it came it was delicious. I ordered one of the house red wines - a Pinot Noir - which was absolutely delightful. They were a little slow on clearing plates or refilling water. Not a deal breaker though!
As a huge seafood fan I ordered the lobster tail appetizer. It was on a taber corn and bacon cassoulet with lobster bisque. It was good but not outstanding that I would rush to order it again.
For dinner I had the duck. It came with a duck breast with duck leg confit in an absolutely delicious sauce. I have been wanting to try duck confit for a long time and this didn't disappoint. It was absolutely delicious! My husband, who eats to live vs. lives to eat (like me!) even liked the duck.
He ordered the pork (it was really just that or beef for him!) and he really enjoyed it. He would have liked a cappucino while I was finishing my wine but unfortunately the machine had broken down that night (as had the credit card machine so we signed one of those old school credit card bills to pay our bill!)
Overall, it really was an experience and we enjoyed our night. Life is all about the experience and you have to try everything at least once. We had invited our friends to come with us but they declined as they do not appreciate french food. Yes the price is high and the portions are on the small side but you get an experience that you don't get anywhere else. The presentation is amazing! Food you can't pronounce much less recognize but it's totally all part of the adventure which is what we look for!
I particularly enjoyed the Chef coming out and speaking to us at the end of the evening. They didn't ask us to sign the wall though like Stephen Mandel and Alison Redford got to do!!