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Aug 21, 2009 04:05 AM

Bienvenue Restaurant French Cuisine Red Bank

The menu looks good and I love Red Bank so I am thinking about trying this place this weekend.

Has anyone been yet?

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  1. I was there when they first took over the place. Back then it left my husband and I so uninspired, we never returned. My husband's duck breast was so tough and dry and I think my fish was blah. I hope it is good, so if you do go, please post.

    You know my favorite id Le Fandy in Fair Haven while over there. Although, I want to try Via 45.

    Have fun no matter what!!

    1. Is there something about that location that attracts bad French restaurants?

        1. re: RGR

          Non bon. One of my most disappointing meals in recent memory.

          1. re: bgut1

            Wow! Thanks for the heads up all.

            We are going to head back to Via45 instead.

        2. When asked why the pommes de terres sarladaises were essentially looking like homefries that had been bulk prepared well in advance, I was informed, en francais, that this is because "this is the way Americans like them." Well, as the American half of a Franco-American couple with Southwestern French roots (or routes... haha), we're used to confit and P2T sarladaises prepared correctly. This is so remarkably poor, they can't even be given a bit of slack. Non, merci, je passe!

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          1. re: GG1

            Chef Vidal has sold the restaurant and is "handing over the keys" on February 27. Regrettably, the menu is supposed to remain unchanged with the new owner/chef Mark Fontaine. Hopefully the food will improve.


            1. re: bgut1

              Thanks for posting this, b!

              We ate twice at La Petite France and gave up on it because it disappointed us. Never tried Bienvenue.

              In many cases, when a restaurant's ownership changes hands, the menu remains the same for a while, and then the new chef/owner changes it in order to make the food his own. I hope that's what will happen here, and that reports about the cuisine will be more promising.

              1. re: RGR

                Hopefully this is good news. I would love a good French restaurant in Red Bank, and since I was warned off from Bienvenue ...

                Anyway, I will likely be trying them next month and will report back.

              2. re: bgut1

                Let's hope it is something worth while! I did not care for either La Petite France nor Bienvenue.

                1. re: Angelina

                  I ate at La Petite several times and enjoyed it. Beinvenue was a disappointment the one and only time I ate there but a new owner sounds promising. Of course, my most favorite place was Indigo Moon but that closed two and a half years agoI

                  Oh, and I have been to Le Fandy but our meal was terrible.

                    1. re: bgut1

                      Ditto on Indigo Moon - and one of the best Chowhound gatherings there as well.

                      But I still love Le Fandy. The only complaint I have with Le Fandy is that they never change the menu. But the halibut remains one of the best I've ever had.

                      1. re: seal

                        I thought the name Indigo Moon rang a bell. Only been there once just before it closed. A memorable Chowhound event! :)

                          1. re: bgut1

                            Amen! What venue would you pick?

                            1. re: RGR

                              That's a tough one. I would shoot for a restaurant that is accessible to the most hounds. Ones that come to mind include: Elements, Le Rendezvous, Orange Squirrel, CulinAriane, Brothers Moon and Trinity. What do you think?

                                1. re: bgut1


                                  Ah, yes! Now that NJ is all together on one board, :) it makes sense to choose a place that's a reasonable distance from more areas of the state.

                                  Elements might be considered by some to be too expensive. I haven't been to Le Rendezvous in ages. I've always liked it, but if we manage to get a good response, i.e., large group, it is kind of small. I've never been to the others you've listed.

                                  Mark, While I like Niko's, it might be too far for those in more northerly locations.

                                  Some other ideas...

                                  Last year, we were talking about doing the banquet at Shirin, in Manalapan.

                                  There's a new restaurant called Uproot, in Warren. The location is central, and RPMcMurphy and Rosie Saferstein have reported that it's excellent.