Belle du Jour – NY

August 17, 2007

 On August 16, 2007 Dennis and I had lunch at Belle du Jour, a new little French bistro right under the Brooklyn Bridge.  Since the closing of the Fulton Fish Market, many restaurants have opened in this neighborhood. ja.jpgWhen I arrived, the hostess/sommelier informed me that they were closed for lunch that day, but the chef came out of the kitchen and said he had changed his mind, he felt like cooking now and that I should sit down. Finally there were five tables of diners.  

Our apéritif was a generous glass of 2005 Château L’Ermitage Costières de Nîmes, a nice mix of grenache blanc and viognier. We ordered a bottle of 2004 Rasteau Côtes du Rhone Villages. It went very well with the somewhat rustic cuisine. 

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We both started with the Millefeuille d’Aubergines, layers of eggplant with buffalo cheese and tomatoes in a basil sauce. I thought that this course was excellent. The cheese and the tomato sauce did not overwhelm the eggplant. The greens made a nice counterpoint to the softness of the millefeuille.  

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Dennis’ main course was Fricassée de Poulet, boneless free range chicken with olives and a basil potato purée. 

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My main course was Mignon de Porc à la Moutarde, pork tenderloin, pan seared in a mustard sauce with ratatouille. This was also quite nice. It was a bit boring to have all three dishes garnished in the same way with frisée, but actually they were quite distinct. 

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The hostess, who was into wine discussions with the table of five next to us, also brought us glasses of 2005 Côtes du Ventoux, Domaine la Tuilière (100% Syrah) to try. I didn’t think it had as much to offer as the Rasteau.

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We finished with espresso and staggered up the hill to the Brooklyn Bridge subway stop. In general, we liked the restaurant, but wish it were in a more convenient location.

www.belledejourbistro.com

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