Sips Bistro and Bar Phoenixville
- FrancisdeR Sep 6, 2012 01:54 PM
This has been open a few months. Has anyone tried it?
OT reviews seem favorable, but short on details.
I was there on Tuesday and most likely will not be back for dinner. I had the onion soup which was better than most, but still not as good as my husband makes. For my entree I had the steak frites which was very bland. The frites were thicker than I would have liked and not crispy. The meat had no flavor. My husband had the Pissaladiere which he said was mediocre but the anchovies tasted a bit old. For his entree he had the duck confit which he enjoyed. Skipped dessert. Might try and go back for lunch someday to give it another chance - it looked like the outdoor dining area was nice. I don't think they are going to make it without some changes. Maybe I hit it on an off night?
We have been to Sips three times, twice for dinner and once for lunch and have enjoyed each experience. The first visit included the Pissaladiere and Tartine de Saumon followed by the Steak frites and daily special of potatoe wrapped salmon. Everything was delicious and perfectly cooked. To top it off we shared a Gateau au Chocolat which was one of the best I've had in a long time. On subsequent visits, once with mother-in-law and another with my son, we've tried the soup du jour delicious (but could have been warmer), Salad Lyonnaise, chicken paillard, Planche de charcuterie and other dishes. We've never been disappointed with anything that we've ordered. The service has always been good. The outside patio was great at lunch. I definitely recommend going if you want a bistro type menu experience.
We finally got there last night. Pleasantly surprised in that the food was pretty authentically French. Classic roast chicken, a very decent jus, steamed potatoes, green beans. Very good confit of duck (they claim homemade, that's a believable claim). Homemade pate was good, but I've got to limit my consumption of that stuff. Also had the pissaladiere, which I enjoyed, but I don't remember tasting any anchovies, and rather few olives.
We'll have to go back to try the bouillabaisse and the moules frites.