Monday, May 31, 2010

[REVIEWS] Bistro Baron

I've always fancied the idea of a fine dining when I was a little girl. It was elegant, classy and the food must be scrumptious. However, as I grew older, fine dining seemed to be waaaaay out of my league financially. Even though it's a three course meal, I find the food portion to be quite small for my liking. It doesn't mean that I won't ever eat fine dining, it's just that maybe someday in the future when I have enough money to afford one of those meals. So, for now I have to settle for a usual meal.
I have read about Bistro Baron in one of the magazines the other day and was tempted to try it out. However, due to unorganized schedules and my sometimes absent-mindedness, I kept on saying that I'll go there tomorrow, until yesterday.
I went there with Gen and two of my best friends for dinner on a Saturday night. It's only been two weeks and already we're sharing stories and catching up on each other's lives. Anyhoo, I don't know exactly what the definition of a bistro is and I've never been to one before, but it's quite nice with all the elegant furniture designs and a cozy ambience. We get to sit next to the bar and got a chance to listen to the hustle bustle of the bartender blending the drinks. The waiters and waitresses are very courteous and kind, assisting and giving suggestions on choosing our meals. Since Gen and I were late, my friends put in their orders first and got Poulet Roti and Goujonettes. As for drinks, both of them chose Citron Presse, or as the English say “Freshly squeezed Lemon Juice”.
Gen and I finally got there 15 minutes after they put their orders in and were now enjoying the bread and butter served at the beginning of the meal. We chatted for a few minutes before I got the menu and I ordered Gratin de Pates and Gen selected Spaghetti Aglio Olio. Not long after I ordered, my friends’ meals came and I got to taste test a bite (actually, it’s more than a bite =p). Neng ordered the Poulet Roti which is Roast Chicken with the side of fries and tossed salad (I think it was watercress). The chicken was perfectly cooked on the outside and inside, but the taste itself was really bland. That’s when I noticed a sauce to accompany the chicken! I then dipped the chicken into the sauce, but it doesn’t really improve much on the taste. The sauce itself is salty and slightly which doesn’t have a strong point when added to the chicken. It’s really not a remarkable dish and I wouldn’t recommend it since there’s nothing special taste wise. This dish retails at Rp 90750,- with tax and service charge.
Wiena ordered the Goujonettes which translates to Fish and Chips. After witnessing the dish, it’s more like Fish Sticks (to the South Park fans, it’s not fish d***s). There were five sticks of minced fish meat accompanied with homemade tartar sauce and fries at the side. The fish tasted fresh, especially with a squirt of lemon juice on top. However, it tasted a bit too greasy and for a moment while I was chewing them, it tasted like it has been kept in the freezer for too long. I think it would be better if they serve a fish fillet, rather than mincing the fish fillet and packing them into sticks like that. Certainly, with the fish fillet, the presentation would be more attractive and charming. The taste would also improve by breading the fish fillet because then all of the original flavor of the fish is maintained inside that thin layer. Well, that’s just what I think anyway. Again, it was an okay dish, retailing at Rp 72600,- with tax and service charge.
Gen ordered the Spaghetti Aglio Olio, which you probably already knew what it is. In case you didn’t know, it is a pasta (spaghetti) dish that was sautéed together with cherry tomatoes, shrimps, bacon, etc in a skillet then served. The spaghetti was cooked to perfection, reaching that al-dente stage, soft yet still has that little crunchy property. The downfall to this dish was the level of oil that it’s cooked in. It was too much oil sinking at the bottom of the plate, around 3 tablespoonful. Apart from that, it was a great pasta dish, retailing at Rp 78650,- with tax and service charge.
Lastly, me, myself and I ordered Gratin de Pates a.k.a Mac and Cheese. Why you ask? Since I don’t know what else to order because my friends had already ordered the ones I want. Anyway, I then sort of blame myself for not having ordered the duck confit. The mac and cheese tasted like… You guessed it! Mac and Cheese. There’s really nothing to brag about in terms of the taste. Sure, there was pieces of bacon inside, but I only find that on the second top layer and there were nothing else on the bottom of the dish besides… You guessed it! Mac and Cheese. As you dig deeper and reached to the bottom of the dish, the taste of the cheese is there, but the salty taste from salt (not cheese, they’re different!) is absent. I could only taste the bland macaroni and cheese. The macaroni at the very bottom gets really soft, as in porridge soft and I stopped eating halfway through. Gen finished my other half and I continue to pick on the roast chicken that Neng was having. The one thing I will always remember about the Gratin de Pates is how boring it feels when I’m eating it. Still, I have to pay Rp 90750,- with tax and service charge.
I just remembered I haven’t mentioned beverages, have I? To just sum up Neng and Wiena ordered Citron Presse (that’s fresh lemon to all u non-French-speaking-people), Gen got Ginger Ale and I chose Iced Chocolate. The fresh lemon retails at Rp 30250,- , Ginger ale cost Rp 30250,- and Iced Chocolate damaged me at Rp 48400,-. I don’t like the Iced Chocolate at all because the after taste is bitter at the very end when you’re swallowing your drink. I didn’t get a chance to read what is in the mixture, but I should’ve read them thoroughly before ordering. It looked really gorgeous and tempting though, especially with those chocolate shavings on top of the whipped cream! Looks might sometimes be deceiving me thinks.
Before the meal came, we got pieces of bread, I think they’re baguettes (French ones), cut into slices, served with unsalted butter. I can’t quite tell whether it’s homemade or store-bought butter, but I liked the butter. Sounds cheesy, huh? Another thing that I liked is the plates are all warmed up before they plate up the food. Real classy. We didn’t get to try the desserts because we were very full already from the main course.
Overall, I think that the food here is okay (well, the ones that I tried above), but I haven’t tried the appetizers yet, so I have to hold back my opinion on the food. The ambience and interior design is classy, but casual. They have magazines “pierced” and hung from a round hook beside the bar. It looks really neat and sophisticated for a magazine organizer, creative too! They also have an outdoor section so you can probably have candle light dinner with your loved ones. You can probably smoke outside, but I’m not sure about that.
So, Bistro Baron anyone? Ooh! If anyone have tried their desserts or appetizers, please let me know which ones are good. Happy eating!


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