Black Sheep Bistro, Tustin, CA.
- LordOfTheGrill Mar 8, 2007 07:57 PM
This was without a doubt the most delightful dining experience of my life. Every aspect was impeccable from beginning to end. The surroundings were classy yet comfortable. The service was attentive, friendly, yet low-pressure. Every dish was exquisite: The three of us shared the Iberian Dates (sausage-stuffed and wrapped in prosciutto), garlic toast with herbed goat cheese, grilled duck, New York steak, and lamb, house salad, wild mushroom soup, quail, a bottle of California Shiraz, two incredible deserts, and coffee for $200 (not including tip), and we all left stuffed to the gills! Everything was seasoned and cooked to perfection. I can't wait to go back!
Black Sheep is a real sleeper of a place, and sort of meant to be that way. The owners don't want to "go big" and create a restaurant empire (basically creating a bunch of soulless clones of their original, cashing in and checking out), and I admire them for that. They know what they do well, and they keep doing it, consistently, which (as any restaurateur will tell you) is what most patrons want - consistency.
We went to BSB last night and weren't disappointed. Yes, the room is kind of weird, but the food, the long, well priced European wine list and friendly service made up for it. We also had the dates and the mussels as appetisers which were excellent. Entrees we tried the quail and the lamb three ways (a stew baked into an onion, grilled chops and loin) which was also very flavourful. For some reason the salad dressing was a stand out for me (SO much flavor), I think I would go back just for that! Rick the chef came out and chatted to us - he is very friendly and knowledgable about food from the South of France and Spain. I am thrilled to have discovered this place in my neighbourhood and will be back soon for the paella (and the salad dressing!).
Went for the first time back in December, and thoroughly enjoyed it, too.
It's a bit pricey to visit on a regular basis, but it's at the top of my list for special evenings like birthdays or anniversaries or impressing out-of-town guests.
Black Sheep Bistro
303 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92780
Shhhhhhh! That's my secret!!
Those quail and the little lamb chops are INCREDIBLE. The paella was OK but next time I just want the tapas.