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Jan 24, 2008 06:56 AM

du Glace - French Bistro in Deep River Ct

Thought I would share my experience with du Glace from last evening.

We decided on a Wed nite becuse we thought it would be pretty quiet. Well for a Wed in Deep River it was pretty busy. They had about 7-8 full tables going from about 7 - 9:30.

Now I thought the service was very accomodating and timely - if not particularly knowledgeable about the menu items or the kitchen and wines.

We had some starters and a main course and split a dessert between 2 of us.

While we watied and made up our minds - they presented up with a small plate of gruyere puffs - very light , tart and tasty!

The starters were onion soups , bacon/leek tart and mesclun salads. I had ordered an onion soup.

This is a white onion soup - which I have never had before - it is a cream base but was very flavorful and the crouton was crispy and the cheese was a tart gruyere. The soup was a bit heavier than I really care for - but it was good. I do not think I would order it again if I were ordering a full meal there. Maybe if I were planning on just ordering 2 starters for my meal - this soup would be great.

They brought out a french bread for the table - which was ok - not great ( I have to admit - since I knew the chef - owner here was the original chef that started up the PIPS bistro at the Copper Beech Inn - I was expecting the same crunchy french bread - but it was not)

My dinner mates ordered the salad and it looked very fresh and they said it was tasty - it looked like something I might try the next time I go in.

The bacon leek tart had greens on the side, looked nicely prepared and was throughly enjoyed by my other dinner companion.

Well - we ordered the Grilled duck with wild rice risotto and steak and frites.

The grilled duck was in a red wine sauce reduction made with spices and fruits. It was cooked perfectly, the sauces was a great counterpoint to the gaminess of the duck and the wild rice risotto had a delicate crunch - that made the meal a bit more special.

Other meal selection ordered was steak and frites. The report was it was a good steak - but again I gave to say the frites were kind of ordinary looking , although I didn't ask so as not to ruin my companions eating experience - they looked like frozen fries to me ?

(again - my experience at PIPS with the frites came into play here I must admit - there the frites were more delicately cut strips of crisply fried potatoes) .

Both the steak and duck were prepared rare as requested.

We ordered off the wine list and got an Austrailian Shiraz - - it was very nice and went well with all our meals.

We split a Pear Frangipane for dessert (just to tast - we were all too full) which had a delicate crust, a light almond taste and we enjoyed it.

Now the coffee - well - that was kind of watery & luke warm - but I did not send it back - because all I wanted was a taste of coffee anyway to finish off the meal, not to linger over.

None of us were able to finish our main courses - and they were wrapped for us to take home. So the portion sizes , while not overwhelming - were more than adequate for a big appetite if you bring one.

Now , the prices were a bit steeper than I would have expected for the main courses (esp for Deep River) running about from $18 ( for a Coq au Vin for example) - $28. The starters were pretty reasonably priced for the quality - from about $6 - $11 and desserts were in that same price range.

( Largely because when we met at one of the friends home before going to take one car - we were treated to a great appetizer prepared for us out of Sarah Chase's Cold Weather Cooking book - also yummy)

Now I predict that du Glace has a shot at staying around for awhile once they get their act and menu together for the local audience. Deep River is not Chester

- - but this is way less pretensious than the Restarount du Village in Chester and PIPS in Ivoryton .

It has a much smaller choice of items than say - Cafe Routier in Westbrook.

BUT - the cooking is some of the best of have had in the shoreline area
they have paid special attention to re-furbishing and decorating an old Main Street storefront in Deep River so that when you step inside, the ambiance is very soothing and the coloring and paintings on the wall make you feel you are truly in a french bistro.

All the tables around us seemed to be enjoying their meals and service - so that is always another good sign.

They have a small bar up front which also had a small crowd of about 6-7 people for mid week .

I would defintely RECOMMEND giving du Glace a try and suggesting it to your friends.

I will likely stop by the bakery during the day sometime soon and see what they have to offer there as well!

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  1. few -

    that was the very best review I've ever read on the site. thank you. I ate there last week and I'm embarrassed that I didn't write more. Thank you. I almost felt like i dined there again. You hit on some great points.

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    1. re: ElizabethHenton

      THANKS , Elizabeth - - how very nice of you!

      I did enjoy duGlace and hope they can stick around -
      they appear to have sunk ALOT of $$$ into that place - - & Deep River is not exactly awash with big spenders - - so I think they will have to ALOT more marketing than they have been doing so far ....

      Word of mouth is pretty slow in this neck of the woods.....

      1. re: few

        I'm going to print your review and add it to a folder I'm making on the area. I have plans for a daytrip in the spring (from RI) to include Deep River, Essex, Chester.....a couple of wineries (Colchester and Wallingford), etc.

        1. re: JaneRI

          thanks Jane
          I do hope you get a chance to stop in...I am not sure if they are open for lunch though....& I have not seen a website for them yet either!
          If I find out more abt their hours I will post it

          1. re: few

            Du Glace.

            okay. What happened? Was in there last week. Seemed dead. Maybe economy/area of shoreline/top secret hiding place... as crazy as it sounds - servers seemed annoyed when we didn't oder ALOT

            Didn't see chef although I know he's handcuffed to the stove. This pace deserves to do well

    2. OK - I went to the Bakery......

      I was looking for something small and sweet for after dinner at home that night.

      EVERYTHING looked appealing.

      I decided to start this time with the basics and then go from there if they worked out.

      I went for some cookies.

      I bought a Raspberry bar and a large Choc dipped Macaroon cookie.

      The Raspberry bar was moist, almondy, and had the perfect balance of crust, raspberry filling and almond topping.

      The Choc macaroon cookie - was - PERFECT.
      Moist and chewy coconut dipped halfway in a dark choclate covering......


      So I will go back next time and but a tart or something more adventurous!

      (p.s. - I did try a linzer cookie my son had brought home the week before - also excellent)

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      1. re: few

        good to read reviews on this new restaurant. Now if I only had an address -
        Can you help me?
        6/2008 heard from my surgeon that I had to try this place.

        1. re: vanpc

          169 Main St., Deep River, CT. Near intersection of Routes 154 and 80.

        2. re: few

          I had a raspberry bar and a chocolate-filled croissant over the weekend. Very, very nicely done. Wish this place was closer to my house (or maybe not for the sake of fitting into my clothes!). Am sure their baguettes just as special as the rest of their baked goods. Will have to try one next time.

          There's a pet store right across the street, so I can justify my trip when I need to buy more cat food. And come to think of it, we are almost out of Wellness. WOOHOO!

        3. My wife and I have eaten at the French Laundry in CA and I must say although they are two different restaurants the surprise was the same..the food is excellent, the staff very pleasant and price very fair for this quality of dining experience..I am not so sure why the price should be more or less because it is in Deep River..that remark is an insult to them and the wonderful CT River town they are in. Fine dining is fine dining where ever you are lucky enough to find it, and there is a cost for that.

          1. I agree with you on the frites. They looked and tasted like frozen fries. Some nice shoestring or hand cut fries would have made the meal. Over all a very nice place.

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            1. re: ilike2boat

              I was in du Glace this past Saturday for a reuinion of sorts with an old roomate and his wife. Service, wine, appetizers, dessert were great. Steak was great, cooked perfectly.
              Frites were still frozen french fries.
              Disappointing in such a place.

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