Friday, October 19, 2012

Back to Bistro 19

Last weekend we made a return trip to a restaurant we both really like: Bistro 19 in Mt. Lebanon. Our reservations were for 7:30 pm and we were promptly seated near a window - perfect for watching all the homecoming dresses parade up and down the nearby streets.
We always seem to order the same dishes when we dine at Bistro 19. Considering we hadn't been there in nearly 2 years, I guess that's not a bad thing. Our usual appetizer: calamari. Still delicious, in a light breading, not chewy, not rubbery, and a delicious citrus-caper remoulade for dipping.
Bistro Salad: crispy mixed greens, chopped tomato, chopped onions, cucumber slices, bread sticks, and a balsamic vinaigrette that was not too heavy.
SP likes the duck, salmon, and sea bass at Bistro 19. This time, he chose the duck: Maple Leaf Farm's Duck Breast, sun-dried cherry chutney, sweet potato gnocchi, bacon braised brussel sprouts. As usual, he said the duck was delicious, the brussel sprouts were yummy and bacony, and the gnocchi were tasty and not gummy/chewy.
I have never tried an entree other than the Black Tiger Shrimp stuffed with spinach & artichoke, tomato parmesan cream, risotto, spinach. The shrimp are perfectly cooked, the filling is deliciously creamy and melty and tangy, the risotto creamy and oh so good when spooned up with the tomato cream. Usually I can devour the entire dish, but this time, owing to a still somewhat upset stomach from the previous night, I took about 1/4 of it home for lunch the next day.

We didn't order dessert because we were stuffed.

I was surprised when I realized how long it had been in between visits to Bistro 19. I wish we dined here more often, as I think about a lot of places. I'm happy to say that the food & service are both still terrific. If you haven't tried Bistro 19 yet, I highly suggest you do!

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