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Bistrot Lafayette: Piaf Would Love This Place

Jordan Wright
By Jordan Wright
Posted on Aug 22,2012
Filed Under Restaurants , Local Tastes,
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Photo by Linda Rox <br /> <br />Bistrot Lafayette is a little shabby, a little chic; just how the legendary French chanteuse would prefer. <br />
Photo by Linda Rox
Bistrot Lafayette is a little shabby, a little chic; just how the legendary French chanteuse would prefer.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. - Along Old Town’s well-trodden King Street is where you’ll find Bistrot Lafayette, a cozy intimate restaurant which this month is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
 
Bistrot Lafayette is a little shabby, a little chic;  just how the legendary French chanteuse Piaf would prefer. 

The Bistrot Lafayette pork loin.
The Bistrot Lafayette pork loin.

Last week a memorable soupe du jour was cream of spinach served with a dollop of fresh goat cheese and a ribbon of olive oil laced with fresh herbs.  
 
Expect to find classics like steamed mussels in white wine as well as roast leg of lamb and duck confit.  
 
When the weather turns chilly try the beef bourguignon with a cabernet sauce, or a silken foie gras from Hudson Valley served with pears poached in a soupçon of lemon, honey and five spices.

Every weekend best friends and owners Isabelle Zorro and Marie Sinclair throw a party in their quaint two-story brownstone located at 1118 King Street.
 
Aprés dinner,  those in the know head upstairs on Friday and Saturday nights to carouse with fellow songsters and Francophiles where live piano accompaniment is in full swing until the last drink is served.  
 
Named one of AOL City's Guide's 10 Best, he snug, informal dining area is adorned in subtle pale colors, with warm lighting against dark oak furniture.

Photo by Jordan Wright <br /> <br />The soupe du jour was cream of spinach served with a dollop of fresh goat cheese and a ribbon of olive oil laced with fresh herbs. Divine.
Photo by Jordan Wright
The soupe du jour was cream of spinach served
with a dollop of fresh goat cheese and a ribbon
of olive oil laced with fresh herbs. Divine.

The walls are covered in old French Art Deco magazines and paintings. The food presentation is artful, and the atmosphere quiet and elegant. The scent of garlic hovers in the air as dishes go steaming by.

Appetizer favorites include escargot in a rich butter-and-garlic sauce and calamari spiced with garlic, herbs, black olives and peppers.

Familiar soups, such as French onion and thick, creamy lobster bisque, make good first courses.

Then pick from entrees such as steak tartare, rich with capers and hot sauce; or the breast of duck with warm, spiced fruit.

Fish lovers will find favor with the grilled yellowfin tuna topped with green-peppercorn sauce, or the grilled salmon glazed with Key lime sauce.

House-made dessert creations include creme brulee; pears sauteed in butter, cinnamon and nutmeg; and the coveted caramel parfait with walnuts and whipped cream. There’s also a lengthy, moderately priced wine list.

Throughout the steamy month of August, Bistrot Lafayette will celebrate their 10th Anniversary with champagne (Mais pourquoi pas, chéri?) offering guests a complimentary glass of French bubbly with each entrée and a full bottle for a table of four.  

“It's a big thank you to our loyal clientele who have supported us for the past ten years, with many more great times to come,” Zorro offers.
 
To that end they are offering another special which extends past Restaurant Week.  
 
Lunch is $20 for two courses or $25 for three,  sans the champers.  And Mondays are far from blue with half price on all bottles of wine during dinner hours.  

Vive la France.
 
If You're Going...
 
Bistrot Lafayette
1118 King Street
Old Town, Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 548-2525
Average Main Course: $22
Hours: Monday-Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm and Sundays, 11:30 am-9 pm
www.bistrotlafayette.com



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