My fiance and I spent a weekend in Fredericksburg and we were excited to visit Bistro Bethem based on their online menu. We really wanted to like this place, but my overwhelming impression was that the chef was trying very hard to be haute cuisine - but wasn't quite there yet on the talent end. We shared a unique appetizer of a monkfish boudin - not our favorite, but the strange sweetness of the fish was matched by a vinegary salad and I actually enjoyed it personally. My fiance ordered the salmon. The salmon itself was a nice cut, but again here was where the lack of talent showed from the kitchen - the brown sugar coating was way too thick, making the dish overly sweet. The broth was absolutely tasteless, but the greens were okay. There was a cilantro topping that was chopped in huge bits. I ordered a mixed grill that included homemade sausage and quail with mashed potatoes and mushrooms. The meat, mashed potatoes, and mushrooms were good if simple and not very seasoned at all, but the whole plate was thrown off by a strange strawberry-balsamic sauce that just didn't match the other ingredients. Neither dish seemed to gel well and we were mostly just unimpressed. We went elsewhere for dessert. The service was excellent and the cocktails were tasty - they have a very nice house made tonic water we both liked. Over all, I think this restaurant has a lot of potential, but I've had much better and would rather go to Kybecca across the street in the same town.
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