Reno Chowdown: Beaujolais Bistro serves tasty French-inspired food
The Greater Reno Grub and Gripe Group, or rather a paltry two of us, gathered at Beaujolais Bistro for dinner. The experience for Bill and me was a loss for other group members who did not attend. The dinner was excellent and I’m sorry I waited so long to give it a try.
Beaujolais Bistro is in downtown Reno on West Street. I used to eat in the same building when it was Lavecchia Varese. As the name suggests, they serve French-influenced food.
Bill and I each ordered soup. Bill decided for his entrée he would have two appetizers, a restaurant-made pate and a pork belly. I went with a chicken phyllo Napoleon.
Bill was quite happy with his French onion soup and called it the best he’s had in Reno. My squash soup was a revelation. Bill noted the color was lighter than most. The chef really captured the flavor of squash in the soup. The flavor was intense and precise without being overwhelming. And the squash flavor was front and center supported by some other spices. Maybe nutmeg. It was delicious.
The good meal continued with the next courses. Bill let me try his pate and his pork belly. The pate, which I believe was made out of pork and fowl, was tasty. Rich but not heavy. The pork belly was also excellently cooked. Crispy on the outside and tender pork flavor on the inside. I liked my chicken phyllo Napoleon. It was three layers of a flat phyllo dough – kind of like a crispy flour tortilla – with layers of chicken and mushrooms and other goodies. Of course, this is difficult to eat. It looks pretty on the plate and collapses as soon as you put a fork to it. But everything tasted great. And the phyllo dough was perfectly cooked.
I decided to go for dessert. It was okay. It was hard to remember what it was. It involved ice cream and chocolate toppings.
The wine selections were good, especially for Reno. I found a $9 glass of 2009 Chateau de Montfort Vouvray that was tasty and a good match for food. Bill liked the glass of Bordeaux the staff recommended.
Before the tip, my bill came to something like $55. I felt It was worth it, although I couldn’t eat a dinner priced like that very often. They are open for lunch and that would be a great time to sample the food for less money.
130 West St
Reno, NV 89501
130 West St, Reno, NV 89501