Bistro du Midi is a modern restaurant at the former Excelsior. The large wine selection is still maintained in the new restaurant, which Excelsior also had.
I have had a cocktail and tried the fried artichokes and aioli $7 before, however for a friend’s birthday, we were dined at BDM for Restaurant Week.
The main dining hall was clean and sleek with the white leather chairs. The were many established couples and well heeled dates.The bread box with olive oil and a cucumber and mint non-alcoholic cocktail.
The thinly sliced, marinated scallops, melon, chives, watermelon radish was light and fresh.
The grilled rosefish, gratin of courgette (zucchini), salsa verde was very visually appealing, although a bit heavy handed on the salt. It was still very tender and enjoyable. Finished the plate clean.
The seared petit iron steak ordered medium, came borderline medium are/rare. The sides were potato purée, beef jus and the steak was very tender and seasoned well.
I had the gianduja palette, hazelnut ice cream. The vanilla scoop was speckled throughout with chopped hazelnuts and the cake had a smooth, decadent cream.
The chilled watermelon soup with cherries, baby basil and watermelon sorbet was cooling and had a lightly sweet watermelon flavor.
I think the best of the desserts was the blueberry clafoutis and lemon curd ice cream. The berries were fresh and tasted fantastic with the flan-like custard and refreshing ice cream.