It was my turn to choose where we ate this past weekend. I had been wanting to try this little contemporary French bistro in Uptown Dallas minutes from the apartment. I called Open Table and made a reservation the day before for a romantic corner at 7:30pm.
We arrived in the much needed shower of rain, parked and ran in under the umbrellas the valet had given us. As we entered, I knew right away we were going to love this place. The maitre' d greeted us and gave us a choice of three different places to sit. We both chose the same one. I told Don the maitre'd sure looked familiar, so I asked him where he worked before Mercat Bistro. He said he knew us from the Dallas Country Club. Such a sweet guy!
This is the view from where we were seated at the back by a garden wall of beautiful green English ivy. We ordered fried marcona almonds and marinated olives along with a bottle of French Bordeaux as appetizers.
2010 Chateau Pibran ($41) from the Pauillac region, possibly the most famous of all the Bordeaux wine producing appellations.
As it began to open up, we fell in love with it. Crimson in color, tightly wound at first, but opens up to a very elegant wine with white pepper, spices, red and dark fruit with sweet tannins. A big dry, but lovely! Pair that with an awesome warm goat cheese and arugula salad,
Cote de Boeuf for two,
and last, but not least, dessert!
Tiramisu, chocolate mousse, and portiferoles! So with that we ordered two glasses of another Bordeaux (house wine) that was just as magnificent as the other.
2009 Chateau Lestage-Chevillon ($18)
Everything on the web is in French, so not much I can tell you about this wine except it was an excellent Bordeaux.
Check out this French bistro when you're in Uptown, or go there on purpose! You will not be disappointed with either breakfast, lunch, or dinner!