The atmosphere is dark, with a bar in the center and warm burgundy reds all around.
“I feel like we’re on the east coast,” says my date as we sit at a round table for two on the far wall. The decor is definitely something you’d imagine from an old-world tavern, with slivers of light peaking through window slats in an otherwise dark room.
When we walked in, we were greeted by a woman with a French accent, but our server was definitely American. A bit disappointed, but never fear: though the waitstaff may not be French or French-speaking, the menu certainly is.
The menu keeps with the French formula, offering appetizers under entrées (on-TRAY • French for appetizers) and entrees under plats (PLAH • French for entrees). Here are some recommendations:
Salmon Tartare (tahr-TAHR) – Light and creamy raw salmon with dill. “You’ll want to shovel it all in your mouth.” $10.25
Oven-roasted Maple-leaf Duckling – A giant portion of a perfectly prepared duckling. The skin is crispy, while the meat is tender. It’s served with that sweet maple-leaf glaze and some mustard seed. $26.00
Mussels – I liked their provençal broth best. $9.75 or $7.00 during happy hour
Trio De Crème Brûlée – Boozy and delicious. $8.00 or $6.00 for a duo during happy hour
We settled on a white Côtes du Rhône which, like many of their other wines, was very reasonably priced at $30 for the bottle. This is definitely the time to splurge for a bottle and call “not it!” on the designated driver duties as most of the wine is French and inexpensive. The list is on the shorter side, though, so picky drinkers may be left wanting more variety.
Indulge French Bistro is a great spot for a romantic dinner or low-key foodie splurge. Bon Appetit.