You typically visit the Gold Coast when you want to impress your out-of-town pals with martinis and steaks at Gibsons or Tavern on Rush. But since Bistronomic came on the scene a few years ago, you’ve changed your tune … just a bit. Ideal for a casual date night, this modern French bistro manages to serve up fantastic cuisine and a romantic atmosphere night after night without the high price tag.
The setting feels less intimidating than its fancier counterparts like Everest or Les Nomades, with diners dressed down in denim and casual dresses. Upbeat euro-house, classic jazz, and blues play at the perfect volume, so you may comfortably converse with your mate as you sip wine and wait for your food.
Because the restaurant boasts a close relationship with local farmers, you’ll want to take advantage and order seasonal dishes you can enjoy together. Start with one of the beautiful salads that’s certain to whet your palate for the bigger dishes to come. The farm market salad includes the freshest tomatoes and greens, while the shrimp farm salad skillfully brings together fresh melon, horseradish, and basil.
If you’re a big seafood fan, the medium plate offerings should bring you joy. Bistronomic’s signature preparation of escargot (green garlic butter, mushroom duxelle, parsley bread crumbs) and black mussels sauteed in basil purée, piquillo peppers, and aioli are two of the best sellers. That’s the perfect amount of food to get you ready for the main event: a juicy entree of steak frites. Here, you’ll find the portion generous, with enough grilled New York strip for two alongside a mini-mountain of truffle oil-infused fries.
And while the profiteroles topped with vanilla ice cream, butterscotch caramel, and bittersweet chocolate sauce are as delicious as you might imagine, order the cherry financier instead. The sweet, sexy treat comes with almonds, star anise, and pistachio ice cream and is certain to put a smile on your faces for the rest of the night.