A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of shopping and dining with a good friend. Another friend of mine took some amazing photos of her lunch at Le Grande Bistro Americain, and because of those mouth-watering photos, I was looking for an excuse to go.
Overlooking Lake Washington, the Bistro is casual but elegant, making you feel welcomed and comforted. The hostess was the sweetest woman who made you feel like you were dining in her country kitchen in a village in France. I even asked her if this was her restaurant, because I could feel her passion for the place and the people. I can’t remember the last restaurant employee who took that kind of responsibility.
And then there was the food. That photo above is of seared Steelhead with sweet peppers and green bean medley, swimming in sweet pepper puree, and a dollop of micro greens. I continue to think about this meal and taste it, sort of, when I’m hungry or find myself near the restaurant, like today.
The salmon was cooked perfectly with a seasoned crust and soft, flakey texture on the inside. The beans were vibrant still encased in bright green and yellow with a crunch, but not too crunchy. The roasted pepper puree coated my mouth with a zesty flavor and a sweet punch.
It took me forever to finish this meal, because I didn’t want it to end. I wanted to lick the plate, but I thought it would be rude and reveal my rustic attitude about cooking, food and dining.
I get to go to the Bistro again with some friends for Dine Around Seattle month, where patrons can get three courses for $15 at lunch, or $30 for dinner. I’m looking so forward to it!