Bistro Bis - Washington, DC: Located on Capital Hill sits the bombastic, modern version of a French bistro, Bistro Bis. Frequented by Senators, Congressmen and DC powerbrokers it is the home of some of the best food and service in all of Washington.
Warm natural cherry, delicate tiled floor, tall columns and gorgeous fixtures make the tiered dining room a beauty to see and a pleasure to dine in. A huge glass wall looks into the busy kitchen, which at times can be a little distracting, but it still adds to the chaotic, yet somehow quiet atmosphere.
White tablecloths adorn the crowded tables and with only the best china and silverware completing the setup, you know you are at a first class restaurant and that you can expect nothing but five-star service.
Five-star service is exactly what we got. Perfectly timed, almost as if it were a dance, water, menus, fresh bread and drinks appeared at our table. Soup, salad, entrees, wine, desert and coffee, effortlessly appeared and disappeared as the lunch progressed. From the flow of the service, it was easy to see; this was a dance they have performed numerous times, a dance they have perfected over the years.
The menu was extensive and enticing, old favorites with a twist of this or a spice of that. Split Pea Soup with apple-wood smoked bacon and brioche croutons was my first taste of the explosions of flavor I was about to experience.
My main course Beef Bourguignon with tender boneless short rib braised in red wine with bacon lardons, pearl onions, button mushrooms and buttered noodles was unlike anything I have experienced before. We also shared a creamy risotto with forest mushrooms, garlic and butternut squash. It could easily compete against the best risotto in any five-star restaurant in DC, or Italy for that matter
Desert, yes, I saved a little room for desert, consisted of sharing-sized portions of the Bistro Apple Tart and a Citrus Crème Brûlée, sugar crusted lemon-orange scented custard. Both deserts were an indulgence into the afterworld.
The wine list was, as you would expect, extensive, as was their selection of desert wines and Cognacs.
Dining at Bistro Bis was a pure delight. It is no wonder why reservations are a must. Do yourself a favor and book a table at Bistro Bis; lunch or dinner, it is an experience you will remember.