Bistro Le Relais is nestled inside of Bowman Field, a quaint antiquity of an airport in Louisville's east end. We frequent Le Relais a few times a year, usually for special occasions. This visit marked our twenty fifth wedding anniversary. And as usual, Le Relais comes through with shining colors.
The maitre d and owner Anthony Dike is meticulous when it comes to service and greets each guest as a long lost friend he hasn't seen in years and you can tell immediately he geniunly appreciates your visit to his restaurant. He has also built quite a wine collection over the years, that has garnered several awards, and he knows his stuff. Not sure about which wine to have?
He'll be happy to help you select a wine...and he's very discreet about being sure you know the price before you order it. He'll introduce the wine and it's notes then point to it on the menu so you can decide if it's in your budget...class touch.
The restaurant itself is tastefully done, with rich wood accents and columns...and lit perfectly for that intimate experience with retaining the ability to read the menu (with reading glasses )LOL. Ask for a corner table when you reserve your table (reservations are a good idea)...we usually ask for the far right back corner area...it's a little bit more private. There's a deck for outdoor seating when the weather is nice...watch the small planes take off an land...minimal activity so it's not annoying.
They have a small but great bar and their martinis are fantastic. My wife like the lemon drop, and asks for it a little less sweet and is always impressed with the outcome. I've had the key lime martini and traditional martini, dry all of which are tasty.
The food is always perfectly prepared and there's a wide variety of foods from pastas to seafood and beef/lamb and pork selections. Our favorites are for appetizer the grille french baguette..man that's awesome...the bread is grilled and comes with the best blue cheese and roasted elephant garlic...lather the cheese and garlic on the bread, a dash of salt, and I swear I could make a meal of it. The Saumon Fume is also very good as are the escargots...like I said... you really can't miss with anything on Anthony's menu...
The Saint Jacques (scallops) are out of this world. Perfectly seared and tender inside..full of flavor. The trout is also a big winner. Pork chop is fantastic and the steak is also very good.
We usually skip desert since by then we're completely stuffed to the gills. Between appetizer, salad and entree' good luck forcing dessert down...but I hear it's all very good...
It's not cheap...but what is, if it's any good, right? Dinner for two with a decent bottle of wine sets us back maybe $160 on average with tip...but who's complaining...the service is top notch...the atmosphere is great and the food is some of the best I've ever eaten...and I've eaten at top restaurants in the "big cities."
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