I loved the way Bistro LQ looks inside and out. It's nice, smallish, square with judicious use of lights. With the sea foam greenish feel, it was almost beach chic.
This guy is like yeah, beach chic, whatever. I loooove wine! Gimme some wine!
Jamie's flowers and festive gift.
My amuse bouche of hamachi was smokey and delicious. A truly impressive start.
As was this uni pudding which had us all hear the ocean crashing against rocks. So evocative of the sea. A strikingly good spoonful.
A familiar friend - slices of Breadbar bread. Surely, a nice roll would be preferable?
The cheese cart looking all gorgeous and bountiful.
Headcheese. This was decent with a flakey filo crust and a mushy moist filling. I'm not a headcheese lover but so few of us are these days.
Chanterelles were simply lovely with juicy shreds of veal sweetbreads and watercress sauce.
The frog legs with violet begonia chutney was good.
zucchini flower stuffed with dungeness crab and pistachio mousse was nice.
I ordered the monkfish cheeks with cipollini onion and artichoke confit. They were okay but a tad on the dry side.
These scallops with hummus, sauteed foie gras and slices of raw artichoke. The foie gras was perfection and it just melted like a chip of chocolate on your tongue.
The scallop itself was just a hair overcooked but the dish was very strong and I would order this again and again.
Lamb composition is like every part of a lamb as may be in a sausage but it's not ground up, just plated together. So there was a chop, shoulder confit, kidney, sweetbread, tongue, etc. Essentially though, it was a brown mess and I didn't like this dish. Others will love it. That's how it goes.
I think this was a crab cake. I didn't taste it but it looks good.
The peach composition was nice.
This was an intriguing dessert. The shocking colors, the beautiful gut like seeds splashed onto the white plate. Visually impactful like a Roy Lichtenstein painting. Genius.
These beautiful subjects did not wish to be painted today - or any other day. So camera shy.
Although not every dish became my insta-best friend, I still really liked Bistro LQ. The appetizers are good. There's no doubt there is right thinking behind the concepts and you have the option of getting half orders of everything which is a great idea. The new fall menu is now in place and there are some very intriguing menu items which I will have to try.