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Review: First Bijoux Visit Since Change

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Mike C. Miller Apr 16, 2012 06:04 PM

Had my first meal at Bijoux since the change in formats. I'm very pleased (and pleasantly surprised) to report that the quality of the food has not declined at all. It is still one of Dallas' top restaurants.

First, a copy of the new menu is on line:

http://www.bijouxrestaurant.com/bijou...

This was not the exact menu that they had on Friday night, but it was very close and the format was the same. I had two appetizers and a main. One of the appetizers was a progressive tasting of oysters, each with a different style sauce mignonette. This was very good and light. The second appetizer was a chevre and leek agnolotti with collard greens, and lardons. Also nice, although perhaps not quite up to the standards of the oysters. My girlfirend had the beet salad with goat cheese, pecans, arugula, and red beet gelato. It was out of this world good.

For our mains, the GF had lemon sole, which was very good. I had the scallops with green peas, which was served in a warm tomato coulis. It was outstanding.

There is now a one page wine list on the back of the menu with modestly priced wines, all of which are available by the glass or by the bottle. I was initially disappointing when I thought that was all that was available as almost all were quite a step down from their previous wine list. However, their previous wine list is still intact and is now called the reserve list (although the one on their web sight is somewhat dated). We paired our choices with an excellent St. Aubin 1er Cru 2005 from J.M. Boillot. It was a good match for all, but especially for the scallops.

One final note. The overall quality of the cooking hasn't declined one bit. I recently had scallops at three fine restaurants -- l'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and Maceo', both in Paris, and also at Bijoux. I thought that the scallops at Bijoux were at least the equal of those at Maceo' and better than those at l'Atelier and my GF thought Bijoux's scallops were the best of the three. So the move to the less formal menu hasn't really hurt the quality of the cooking here at all.

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    J.R. Apr 17, 2012 10:00 AM

    Great to hear the cooking quality has remained. Also, glad to hear about the scallops being better than JR's. (which one did you go to)? I love that place.

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      Mike C. Miller Apr 23, 2012 10:05 PM

      We went to the one in the 8th, just off the Champs that is in the basement of the Publis drugstore. A really good meal, too.

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        J.R. Apr 24, 2012 07:35 AM

        good to know. I usually go to the one in 6th. You are correct. That's good eating.

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          Mike C. Miller Apr 25, 2012 01:33 AM

          Having eaten at both now, I think I like the one in the 6th better, too. I've eaten there twice, and the one in the 8th once, but the first two meals were a bit better and the staff seemed a bit more interactive. But it's awfully hard to generalize based on just one visit.

    2. bhoward Apr 17, 2012 10:11 AM

      Thanks for the report Mike. I haven't been since the change but definitely will soon. I am wondering if anyone has tried lunch there yet.

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        foiegras Apr 18, 2012 07:50 PM

        Thanks for the report--good news! The menu doesn't look that much different than before.

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