Ici Bistro has been re-located to the Windsor Arms Hotel, we had reservation for 4. The restaurant is located in the hotel, so the atmosphere is not that of a French bistro. There are 2 menus offered, the regular hotel menu which has been reviewed and adjusted by Chef Jean Paul who is currently the executive chef for the Windsor Arms. They also offer the ICI menu which we chose from. We started with appetizers we had the escargot which was very tasty except the puff pastry was very tough. The salmon plate was also very fresh but I found the grapefruit a bit overwhelming. The goat cheese plate was bland, but I really enjoyed the steak tartare trio, it was everyone's favorite. For mains, I had the sea bass with ravioli and fennell salad. I have to say the fish was wonderful and cooked to perfection but the ravioli was tasteless and the fennel,salad didn't taste freshly made. I also have to comment that the presentation of this plate was disappointing in that it was all white and wasn't very appealing. My husband had the sea scallops with lobster and he loved it. The flavours were amazing and the seafood was perfectly cooked. My son ordered the lamb, there were lamb sausages, lamb chops and a sort of a stewed lamb. Both the chops and the sausages were very good but the stewed lamb wasn't his favorite. Our waiter chose both wines for us and I have to say his choices were great and complemented both the appetizers and mains perfectly. He was also very attentive,informative and knowledgeable and provided us with a description of each dish. For dessert we had the creme brûlée, it was excellent. The overall experience was good. We enjoyed the appetizers more than we did the mains. I am not sure if my expectations were too high, but I was slightly disappointed with some of the food and I would have enjoyed a different atmosphere. Perhaps,it was because there was a big event in the adjoining room and it was very noisy. It was expensive, approximately $130 per person so for those prices one expects great versus good.
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