So, where have I been? Well I have starting a business, cooking and creating relationships with our food sources. And of course eating a lot of good food. So today I am going to write my first official review of a restaurant. Now bear in mind I am NOT a food writer-- I am a food "Enthusiast." I do not write negative reviews or Yelp about my water glass being half full for twenty minutes. I share the good stuff! I want you to support the places I enjoy. There is no room in my world for negative rants about local business. In today's world of social networking you can tell 400 people in a blink of an eye that you had and awful experience at a restaurant, why? To feed your ego? To consider yourself grandiose? Do you really think people read your sad review? Why feel the need to be so negative? I do not feel my opinion about a lack of service or drunk owner sitting at the bar of their restaurant, a snoody waiter or an undercooked burger is of any service to anyone. My opinion is just that-- an opinion. I do not want to share a negative view of restaurants, I will only share with you the things that excite me. So since I told you my plight here is my first review:
Little Bird Bistro, March 3rd 2011
My good friend and I decided to catch up a bit; it'd been a while since we talked. So we set out towards our destination. Upon arrival we were greeted by the manager who happens to be a friend of my cohort. She is a wonderfully bright, obviously intelligent, and has an amazing smile. She seats us at a cozy two top next to a couple from New York, who are enjoying the last of their meal. I can over hear their conversation as they talk about destinations traveled, food, and drink; they are indeed food people and they have enjoyed their meal. A good sign for me. We examine the menu and find our choices. As I look up another familiar face with a wonderful smile meets my eyes: a young line cook who had worked for me previously. This young woman is going to be one to watch. She will be great! I guarantee it. She encourages me to enjoy the Beef Tartare. I had already spotted a Foi Gras Torchon that I definitely need to enjoy! Once we place our order I begin to take in the atmosphere and it is something to be truly taken in, the ceiling is marvelous and the fixtures are inviting, for me at least. I enjoy the antlers and small bird cages. They bring a rustic and indistinguishable sense of a French bistro I once ate at.
When our treats arrive my Torchon is beautiful and aromatic, the toasted bread is perfect for the celery root puree and combination of truffle and Foi Gras, its a beautiful amalgamation of deep rooted flavors.
Our friend returns with gift in hand the Beef Tartare, classically presented with egg yolk in center, dry baguette and the proper accouterments. The beef is a combination fatty and connective tissue that is ideal for raw consumption. I AM IN HEAVEN. As we nosh through our snacks we talk about life as it is, the trials of a new world and fresh starts, the relief of what can only be described as a loss of selfishness. Our meal is wonderful the service is spectacular and the we haven't even had dessert yet. I don't ask for a menu only ask our friend to bring what she would enjoy. And on the spot she is. A plate full of confections all made in house. I have dabbled in pastry work and have such a curiosity for how these professionals make such amazing delights! Some day I may have the chance to learn, until then thank god they love sugar as much as I love lamb. We converse more on restaurant life and the like, until finally it is time to move on, we make a recommendation to the table next to us for a lunch spot for their final day in town, pay our bill and head out. Hugs and compliments are a bound as we exit and I feel what I call "damn good" after our experience. Thank you to the staff who indulged us.
In closing I highly recommend Little Bird Bistro to anyone who can appreciate a great dining experience. Probst and happy cooking.