Couple days ago, I was craving for French food and what a better way to have dinner to Bistro du Coin, one of the best French restaurant in Washington DC. So, I decided to go around 6:00pm because usually around 6:30pm the restaurant is full and the waiting line is pretty long. When you open the door you feel like you have been crossing the Atlantic and you are in a Parisian café, the decor, the ambiance, and the staff welcome you in the most simple and friendly way like it supposed to be in a real Bistrot. I got a table upstairs on the balcony (which was quieter than downstairs), overviewing the main room and the bar and believe me: what a view! It was probably one of the best table I ever had in a restaurant.
The menu was amazing; it gives you a real overview of the French cuisine and makes you discover specialties from all over the country! The café is known for his French Onion Soup, along with his ten varieties of steamed mussels…
I wanted (and I’m sure will too) try everything so I decided to order a little bit of everything. For true taste of France, try one of the pâtés or the duck confit. The snails in garlic butter ($7.95) were a bit light on the garlic but were still very enjoyable and perfect for my appetizer.
In main course I ordered the “Bouche a la reine” (7.95) which is also names Vol au vent is the French for “windblown” to describe its lightness is a small hollow case of puff pastry which was filled with Chicken, veal sweetbreads and mushrooms in cream sauce. It was delicious! To accompany my main course I ordered the French fries which in 2006 were voted best French fries in the USA (it’s what the waiter told me and by the first bite I trusted him).
For dessert, I was too full but next time I will try one (all under $7.00) which include the classics Crème Brulee, apple tart, lemon custard, chocolate mousse, poached pear with ice cream…
The restaurant is open 7 days a week, 364 days a year (only closed on Labor day, the first Monday of September).
Bon appetit! Jonathan
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