Located somewhat off the beaten path of Midtown Sacramento, Bistro Michel was only about half full at 7:30 PM on a Saturday night so despite our party of four having a quality meal, we were somewhat concerned that the restaurant will not go the way of Virga's and Gaylord's, two good restaurants that preceded Bistro Michel in this location. The exterior had been renovated, but the interior was about the same. Loved the white table cloths, wine glassware, and flowers, the place had a big city vibe. We brought our own wine and our server offered to chill our ZD Chard and decant our bottle of Orin Swift "Prisoner." Corkage at $15 per bottle was quite reasonable. No problem splitting our salads at no extra charge, but charging $2 for bread and butter seemed chintzy. Salads consisted of chilled fresh crisp Bibb lettuce, accompanied by black radish, sliced hard-boiled egg and a good shallot vinaigrette dressing. The 10 oz. flat iron steak was perfectly cooked medium rare and was hot and flavorful, topped by herbed butter and accompanied by pommes frites dressed with truffle oil that were out of this world. Others had the fish of the day which was escolar, the portion of which was somewhat small, but the sauce, potatoes, and spinach were delicious. The chocolate cheese cake was shared and very respectable. Service was slow for a half full restaurant. We did appreciate the owner, Richard Macias, coming over to ask how we were doing. We all agreed we would come back, but would have the kitchen hustle things along a bit quicker, and not charge for bread and butter.
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