My friends and I recently had lunch at the re-vamped Le Cordon Bleu Bistro. Their quality 3-course lunch for $25, in my opinion, is a steal. It was a bit of a challenge trying to get a reservation (lots of phone tag), but we finally managed.
A new lunch menu is offered each week, and you get a choice of one appetizer, one main, and one dessert. Luckily, we had enough people to try out their whole menu. Here is the menu from the week of Nov 10th - 13th:
Their appetizers/entrées were a choice between the chicken liver terrine or lobster bisque.
I chose the chicken liver terrine with a layer of jelly of Porto on top.
Chicken Liver Terrine
This was served with frisee and a pickled onion. The pickled onion was especially tasty.
Frisee and Pickled Onion
The terrine was smooth and super creamy. I enjoyed it.
Chicken Liver Terrine
The other appetizer was the lobster bisque served with a lobster, smoked salmon and tarragon cake.
Their mains/plat principal were a choice between steak or fish.
I had the flank steak emincé served with Jerez juice, roasted garlic, paprika potatoes, carrots and crispy shallots. I thought the sauce was going to be spicy from the looks of it, but it was on the sweeter side. This dish was quite good overall.
Flank Steak Emince
The fish was filet of pike-perch baked with basil and fennel. The fish was served with roasted vegetables and a creamy fennel puree.
Filet of Pike-Perch
Dessert was a choice between chocolate or creme brulee.
I chose the chocolate in different textures. It was a chocolate biscuit served with hazelnut & chocolate sauce. On top of the biscuit was a chocolate disk, and white chocolate ice cream. This dessert was very rich, and is perfect for any chocolate lover.
Chocolate in Different Textures
The crème brûlée was also nice. It was served with citrus madeleines and fruit compote. The madeleine was perfect and I couldn't get enough of their fresh fruit compote.
Overall, I really enjoyed my meal. It was well worth the $25. I love the concept of having the students prepare the food, and I was impressed by their abilities.
Qster, I read on Ottawa Foodies that you had the same meal that same week. Curious to see what you thought.
Le Cordon Bleu Bistro at Signatures
453 Laurier Avenue East
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada