I had read about this place way before we dined there. Had I known the chef was from my beloved, Paris, I would have checked it out sooner. They describe the restaurant as a casual French/Cali bistro. We loved the decor, even their bathroom had colorful tiles. The day we dined there, Vincent Samarco, the owner took care of us. He was beyond polite and friendly. We loved everything we had and wished that, Belle Vie, was our neighborhood bistro. What was great about their menu, a few of their dishes came in two different sizes. That reminded me of one of the great restaurant we dined in Barcelona. This allows you to try a few different items.
The daily specials.
Loved the heavy cute rooster silverware.
Grilled Octopus An entire fresh tentacle – grilled to perfection, with shaved burnt cauliflower and its puree, hazelnuts, and nduja
Great tasting and beautiful to look at. The octopus was cooked beautifully and had a great char. The shaved burnt cauliflower reminded me of toasted coconut flakes. The hazelnuts added a nutty crunch. Nduja provided a nice kick.
Beef Burgundy Tacos Beef Bourguignon on a wheat tortilla, raw mushrooms, pickled carrots and onions, crispy bacon, spring onions and spicy Harissa
Lovely French/Mexican fusion. How come no one else have thought about it? A very tasty and comforting dish.
Salmon Gravlax Marinated in a special beetroot mixture for 24 hours, served with a whipped horseradish cream, beetroot and cherry vinegar puree
A very light and addicting dish. The beet cured salmon was very fresh and went very well with the pungent horseradish and sweet and sour beet cherry vinegar. Dill provided aromatics.
It was an amazingly delicious dessert. A combination of airy chocolate mousse, burnt caramel foam and crunchy hazelnuts. We were sad when we finished it.