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Mar 21, 2010 07:20 AM

Hit or Miss at Le Mistral

My friend and I had our first lunch at Le Mistral this past week. We left there with some definite "we loved" comments and "we preferred..." thoughts. The service was slow (in comparison to French service - not just American) at some times and right on the mark at others. Inconsistent service would best describe our experience.

Our two appetizers arrived quickly after ordering. I had the seared scallops with leeks and salmon and my friend ordered the seared foie gras. She was delighted by her dish saying it was the best she has ever had. For me, the flavor of the scallops was a bit too delicate. The massive sunflower plate upon which it was served was definitely not to my taste. I think I actually laughed when it arrived at the table.

After quite a wait, for our entrees, we had the seared tuna and the rack of lamb. I enjoyed my rack of lamb but prefer it at Chez Nous and Bistro Provence. The vegetables that accompanied were nicely cooked and seasoned. There were green beans and fingerling potatoes. I had a taste of the seared tuna and preferred it to my entree which I found to be a little bland.

The saving grace of the meal was dessert. We both ordered the souffle based on what I had read online. Both the chocolate and Grand Marnier versions were divine. In a heartbeat, I'd order them again.

So, my question is - Did we order great things on a bad day in the kitchen or are there better dishes on the menu?

I'd like to go back with my mother who enjoys French food but finds the seating at Bistro Provence to be quite uncomfortable. I found Le Mistral to fit her needs better but I would like to order something that I would enjoy more next time.

Bistro Provence
13616 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079

Chez Nous
217 S Avenue G, Humble, TX 77338

Le Mistral
1400 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077

Le Mistral
1420 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077

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  1. Thanks for that very helpful report. Le Mistral has not been on my radar but I will look forward to any followup report.

    I have been thinking about trying La Brocante on Kirkwood. It's the former Chez Georges/Bistro Provence people. Any opinions?


    Le Mistral
    1400 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077

    La Brocante Cafe
    2825 S Kirkwood Rd, Houston, TX 77082

    1. Normally I think that LeMistral is outrageously good. However, we recently ate at the chef's table for my birthday and while enjoyable, the food was not nearly as good as it has been in the past. I just chalked it up to an off night, but maybe there is something else going on?