Bistro 39 (Alhambra) now open
- ipsedixit Dec 15, 2007 08:28 PM
Drove by and it looked like there was as much action in the dining room as one would find at a singles party hosted by AC Green.
Rough start ...
39 West Main Street
went there with the whole family was hoping it was gonna be good...My wife's Lobster bisque so salty she couldnt eat it. my steak was so thin and tough (even though I oreder it rare it came out well done). We also had seafood pasta which was also very very salty....wish it was good but not even acceptable....it will be empty again soon
My friend and I had lunch at Bistro 39 today. We both had the French onion soup which was delicious. The broth was excellent. Lots of stringy cheese, and the toasted bread chunk that absorbed lots of the yummy broth had many textures and flavors to add.
She ordered the chicken crepe with tarragon cream. The sauce was so very fresh and the crepes very tender. I ordered the ham and Swiss cheese crepe. Both were beautifully presented with a small, delicately dressed salad of baby lettuce at the end of a large oblong white china plate.
We were so satisfied with the French onion soup that we couldn't finish all of the crepes.
The staff were friendly and helpful. Roy valued our visit and pointed us to wines and dessert wines to enjoy (and we did). Erica packed up our uneaten crepes with added tableware and napkins. She said that I, in particular, might need tools to snack along my way home to Riverside.
I can't understand why the previous reporters did not like this restaurant. If something were to be too salty, it would have been my ham and Swiss cheese crepe. Everything was perfectly seasoned.
There are lovely wines to enjoy. It seems like the owners are doing their best to provide all their customers with a wonderful dining experience. Can we ask for more?
Just give them a chance. Restaurants come and go like autumm leaves. Don't miss the splendid color of this one! RAM
We ate there last night and had an enjoyable experience even though we were the only people there most of the time. My wife had the steak au poivre. It was thin and there wan't enough au poivre sauce for my wife's taste, but it came cooked the way she requested and it had a good peppery flavor to it. It also came with a serving of potatoes au gratin that were light and tasty.
I had the filet of sole in almond sauce and it was really good. There wasn't a lot of flavor in the almond sauce they usec, but the roasted almonds on top tasted nice with the light flaky fish. The mixed vegetables that came with it had a nutty flavor to them and were a bit salty in spots, but overall were quite good. My meal also came with a small bowl of rice with almonds. It was good, but nothing exciting.
We ended the meal with their creme brulee. It was better than a lot of the places where we have tried it, and the fresh fruit they used as a garnish was great. I don't know where they got their cherries, but the were out of this world.
Total for our meal after tax and tip was just under $50. We were very pleased and would like to go back for lunch to try the crepes and the french onion soup.
Just had dinner there last night. And it was Just Great...
We were 3 to dine there....And started of with a bottle of champagne,From special reserve, not on the menu, and ordered some appetizers along...We had Some Escargots, Tender and juicy,along with cheese platter, and some cooked Foie Gras , that we requested special order.
Then, for entree, we had the the jarret , tender and juicy...Frogs legs, excellent and well seasoned...Pepper steak, great quality of meat, likely to be import, Some say that the steak was thin, but this is quality over quantity. the meat tender and tasty, the sauce was delicate. and some cote d'agneau, generous serving compare to other los angeles restaurant... Presentation was perfect...
For the desert, we just wanted ice cream, so they made us some special plate with all the flavor available.
And the price was real decent, some of their dish would sell double in other restaurant. By the end of the night, we had 2 bottles of champagne...Their wine list,is good... did not have any that night.. they have more selection available in the display, that are not in the menu.. If you like good wine go for it
Had lunch around 3, got the braised lamb shank ($17) which came with a serving of pasta. My girlfriend got the croque monsieur ($7), which came with a side of salad and fries. The food was great! Totally wasn't expecting it. My lamb was super tender, with a nice reduction sauce that I quickly dunked my noodles into. There was even a bit of marrow that I scooped out with a fry, MMMM. The croque monsieur was super delicious as well, super gooey but with a nice satisfying crunch. I will say the servings were decent size, not too small nor too big, just right. The server was super friendly, and looked very pleased that we enjoyed the food. Most of the entrees were around the $17 range, but sandwiches were all under $10 (burger for $8, roast beef for $9 if I remember correctly). The server did mention how some items were not included on the menu, but I'm assuming they were higher in price (I think she mentioned rack of lamb). I'm definitely going back to try the frog legs entree ($15) and the escargot appetizer ($8). Highly recommended.
No good at all!!
I read mixed reviews of the place, but thought I'd try it because I'm open minded and would be in the area. Sorry, but I was very disappointed. The French onion soup was average at best, but my lamb shank tasted old and fatty- more like a mutton shank. I couldn't eat 2 bites.
The server really wanted me to ask the manager for a wine recommendation. I know my wines OK but I thought I'd give get his advice, since it's his restaurant. There were a lot of French wines on the list and since I don't know French wine in any detail, I said I'd like a nice Rhone, but something earthy and dry, not fruity. So he asks me what "type" I'd like, a Cabernet or Pinot Noir? So, I don't know French wine, but I do know that Rhones are Syrah, Mourvedre, Grenache, etc. He really ought to know that. Cabs are Bordeaux - and very very different. That's trivial, but annoying.
Upshot is that it is bad food. Points of comparison, I eat at Cafe Verde, Cafe Bizou, Bistro de la Gare, those level of places most of the time, which I find to be 'just right' in the quality/ price ratio. This place is not even close to this those, but the prices are. Really I wanted to like it. But the food was gross.
I had the chicken-mushroom crepe with tarragon, incredible. 2 enormous crepes. It was delicious, and I wasn't even hungry. Quality is evident in every bite. My date had the filet mignon, it was amazing too. The owner helped select an amazing Bordeaux. While I'm not a wine connoissuer, it made me want to be. This is authentic French food. Reasonable prices, good sized portions.
Bistro 39 has great food, nice wine list, and the prices are great! We enjoyed the Banana's Foster too! The owners are very nice. Too bad Alhambra locals aren't into French food. My fiance and I were the only ones there besides another family. We will be back for sure.