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Review of Bistrot Biarrot - CLOSED

Bistrot Biarrot
Price range: $11 - $28
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed October 14, 2012

Ate here on sat 13th Oct. Fabulous and great value. Waiter did not speak English but we were given English menu to explain food. The best meal we had in biarritz. Loved it.

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Thank Clo243
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Reviewed October 3, 2012

We arrived in Biarritz by train at lunchtime on a warm late September day and set off to find the Tourist Office and somewhere to eat outside that looked as thought it might be good but wasn't too expensive. Heading for the former, we found - by chance - the latter, i.e. The Bistrot Biarrot, having decided against several pavement cafes on main road as being too noisy. The Bistrot is up a street at rightangles to the main promenade with an attractive looking exterior and tables set on the pavement along one side at which we sat. When ordering, we were presented with a well-thumbed and slightly torn menu in English as well as the main menu which initially didn't augur well; after all, most people travelling in France can decipher French menus even if their general French isn't fluent. However we selected from the French menu - as a previous reviewer mentioned, no English is spoken, but this really doesn't matter. A salad and a glass of wine seemed appropriate, but what a salad! Listed as a hot goats' cheese and avocado salad, it was a meal and a half in itself. There were four crisp toasted slices of french bread (crostini) and on each there were two generous slices of warm goats' cheese. The basis was 3 or 4 lettuce varieties with a delicious dressing, and added to this was Bayonne Ham, avocado, tomato, onion et al and on top of the whole thing was a fried egg. It sounds odd, but was brilliant. We had a pichet of red wine - we didn't expect it to be fine wine and it sure wasn't, would have been better to have decided on something of better quality or done without! We were only in Biarritz for two days and returned to the Bistrot the next night. Perhaps rather unadventurously I had the same salad, but my companion had one of the evening specials, kidneys in red wine with all the necessary accompaniments. I had a taste and wished I had also chosen it, it was absolutely delicious. Again we sat outside, this time it was much noisier as it was the end of a weekend and people were driving home - but, as visitors, you tend to look on this as entertainment rather than as irritation. The Bistrot is obviously a favourite with Biarritz locals as on each visit it filled up quickly with people to whom it was obviously familiar, which naturally made the service rather slow. I was torn between giving it 3 or 4 stars but, on balance, although it's not an outstanding restaurant, decided on 4 because we had enjoyed the atmosphere of the place as much as the food.

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Thank Kaptagat
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Reviewed September 22, 2012

If you are in Biarritz you have to take the time to dine at Bistrot Biarrot. We had an amazing culinary experience. Francois and Francoise, the owners, were as gracious as can be. The chef, Francoise, prepared a foie gras with cherry coulis that is a must have! The cote de boeuf that was best I have ever had, tender, juicy and cooked perfectly. I don't remember what the name of the dessert was but it was a pastry with a hazelnut cream that was to die for. Francois, the master bartender, helped us with the perfect wine selection. The service was outstanding, super attentive without being annoying. Located just a block from the beach, we took in a breathtaking sunset over the sea. I could go on and on but see for your self, you'll be happy you did.

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Thank Jack G
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Reviewed September 17, 2012

First to arrive at about 7pm on a Friday evening (it started to fil up around 8 pm) we were given a very warm welcome and enjoyed friendly and attentive service all evening despite it getting very busy. However, the food seemed canteen-style and inconsistent. The piperade, for example, was delicious but the pommes frites were soft and greasy. We had crepes for dessert -- they had been warmed up and the flavor was spoiled by the oil.

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Thank Heraldthewake
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

The food was amazing, specially the duck, but the staff didn't speak english nor spanish, only french.

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