In this week's South Philly Review resident restaurant critic Phyllis Stein-Novack revisits Bistrot La Minette (623 S. 6th St.) and finds herself immediately transported to Paris.
Over a Blue Coat martini and a custom Saint Germain-gin cocktail (uncommonly delicious) PSN marveled at the soft lighting, lipstick-red banquettes and French soundtrack that set the perfect Parisian mood at la Minette.
Terrine de foie gras with brioche, endive and blueberry compote proved to be a lovely, sweet-and-savory marriage. Of the second appetizer, PSN proclaimed la Minette the place to go if you've never tried fresh sardines.
After cocktail and apps the pair decided on a moderately priced red blend and moved on to mains, steak au poivre for PSN and an anise-scented duck leg confit for Edward.
PSN had plenty of praise for the duck: "Chef Peter Woolsey allows a duck leg to “cook” in its own fat for a few days before he roasted it to perfection. It was meaty and juicy inside and crisp on the outside. Crisp duck skin can be nirvana. The licorice-scented-and-flavored sauce enhanced the dish."
And when it came to her steak PSN was pleased with the medium-rare New york Strip noting, "you might think the use of peppercorns here might overpower the sauce, but it did not. The ratio was just fine." Her only complaint was that the duchess potatoes could have been warmer.
PSN found Gâteau Opéra, one of her favorite desserts to be a little on the dry side but was more than impressed with a seasonal tarte aux pêches that had the added bonus of a thyme syrup. "I enjoy sweets made with herbs and this one hit the spot."
Impeccable service plus a kicker that reads: "I wish there were more French restaurants in the city, especially like the upscale, casual dining experience that is Bistrot La Minette."
Impeccable service plus a stand up meal makes for a tres bien three-and-a-half tips of the toque for Bistrot la Minette.
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