Bizou

24 Jun

On the way back from a quick trip to Charlottesville Rob and I decided to grab dinner in the historic downtown mall area. I really enjoy the area, a little brick-cover strip of cutesy shops and restaurants, set to the soundtrack of area street performers. Old Town meets College town.

We went with a friend’s recommendation and wandered into Bizou, a contemporary American bistro decorated with high red leather booths and vintage movie posters. The menu is short with a focus on seasonal dishes and a few standards such as meatloaf and buttermilk fried chicken. We opted to order a few appetizers and the evening’s special of scallops and seasonal veggies.

First up the tacos, tuna tartar on a bed of baby greens with siriracha cream.  The tartar was great, and siriracha sour cream that is  Latin-Asian fusion that I can get behind. The problem with dish was the taco shells whose fried taste overwhelmed the tartar itself. This was easily remedied however, just scoop the fish out of the shell… et viola.

The mozzarella salad fared much better. It was delicious with fresh, creamy cheese, prosciutto, peppery arugula and a just sweet enough balsamic reduction. Yum. Our main course was just as good. The scallops were nicely seared and very tasty with the accompanying pesto. I was pleasantly surprised by the summer vegetables that came with. Often I find that such sides are overcooked and under seasoned. These were no throwaway, thinly sliced summer squash, peppers and green beans topped with arugula goat cheese and pesto, so good.

This is a place I definitely wouldn’t mind having closer  to Washington.

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