Hello! Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving weekend!
Since I just got back last night and haven’t had much of a chance to cook anything (especially since I have been living off of leftovers), I thought it would be a good time to do a review of Bistrot Zinc, which I went to a few weeks ago with my parents (briefly mentioned in this post).
If you live or are visiting Chicago and you like French food, I would highly recommend this restaurant. I really loved the food, as well as the ambiance of the restaurant–it was definitely upscale but not over the top and the overall vibe was still friendly and laid back. The price range was also really reasonable.
For an appetizer, we had the escargot I spoke of (it was my first time trying it)…
It was delicious on the bread that they served! I have always been kind of scared of escargot, but no longer! This was so good.
Next, I had an anchovy salad (basically a caesar salad with anchovies on top)..
Scary! I think the toasted bread covered in cheese was the best part of the salad. The salad was not as good as everything else I ate, only because the dressing was a little bit bland and I felt like I needed to add a lot of salt and pepper. Overall, it did have a good taste though and I got over my fear of anchovies too! Although I only ate 1, maybe that was where the saltiness was supposed to come from…
For my entree I had the Vol-au-Vent–beef stew in a puff pastry with mashed potatoes–basically a classy pot pie. Which is a super super random choice for me. I normally would never order this kind of thing, but for some reason I was in the mood! The top of the puffed pastry was a little dry so I left that part, but the bottom was soaked in sauce and meat and very delicious.
My dad had cassoulet which had beans, pork and duck. He said is was very good but not as good as the cassoulet that my mom makes (suck-up!). Just kidding, I actually have never tried her cassoulet so I guess I will have to try it after the rave reviews!
My mom had calf’s liver which I was too scared to try but she said it was delicious…and she wanted to order it because it is something she would never really make since probably no one else would want to eat it (true that)
All in all, I thought it was a great restaurant and I would definitely go back so I could try even more dishes! The sparkling wine was awesome too–quite possibly the best part
Hope everyone has a great night!