June 23, 2001
The menu changes with the seasons and with what's available, so what I describe may not be on the menu when you come. The fixed-price meal includes an appetizer, soup, salad, main course and dessert. I started with Belon oysters on the half shell. Good oysters are hard to find in Tahoe, but these were excellent. The soup was a delicate cream of asparagus. Being in an asparagus mood, I also had fresh asparagus vinaigrette as my salad. My main dish was duck strudel, which was an unusual preparation of duck and mushrooms in phyllo dough, served with a rich sauce flavored with the essence of duck. Friends had medallions of lamb and osso bucco and enjoyed these dishes. A cheese course is an option, for a small additional cost (about $3.75). The desert is a plate of five small desserts. I can't remember them all, but they included a tiny creme brulee, a tiny fruit tart, and something chocolate. I had dinner there most recently with a group of six other women friends, and everyone vowed to return with spouses/significant others for a romantic evening. (One had to leave before dessert, and the rest of us greedily divided up her plate of tiny treasures.) Le Bistro is open Tuesday through Saturday for dinner only. Reservations are a must.
From journal Playing and Dining Around the North Shore