I recently had my first taste of Cafe Dijon at a lunch during Restaurant Week (review here), and was convinced to return to the little bistro for dinner. So I did, last night, and brought along a good friend and food connoisseur to really put this restaurant to the test.
The euro-style bistro with perhaps one of the most stylish decorations in the city, a mix between a classic chique and modern art French restaurant, really does liven up in the evening hours. The many ambiance lighting arrangements warm up the place and on a summery evening like yesterday it really gets most out of its coziness factor. I felt I was on holiday.
The large variety of dishes on the menu can be quite startling (and there were specials too), so we took our time with deciding on our specific dishes. Since Cafe Dijon has a menu focused on simplicity, quality and great value for money bistro food, don’t expect artsy white truffle reductions and quail foam. It’s not that type of place. Typical french bistro food is quality produce that speaks simplicity, and most of the dishes on Dijon’s menu offer exactly that.
For this reason, I chose a Tuna Carpaccio as a starter, and a classic Fillet Steak with Skinny French Fries as a main. My friend had the Deep Fried Camembert to start with and a Seared Tuna Steak to follow. I’m a huge tuna fan, and quality tuna is not always easy to find in the city. My carpaccio was very well portioned and beautifully seasoned. The Camembert starter kept my friend fully occupied, and nods and smiles were passed about the delight of our starters.
Sometimes simplicity is all it takes, and my rare steak (I like them bloody!) with crispy thin fries was all I needed for a perfect main course. I also had a chance to try my friend’s seared tuna, which was an absolute stunner of a dish.
For dessert, we didn’t know which of the sweet treats we wanted to pick (last time I had that ginormous Creme Brulee), but Cafe Dijon has a great option of doing a taster platter of 4 different mini-desserts. We weren’t disappointed, and the highlight for me was the superbly rich chocolate mousse. Oh did I mention we finished every plate spot, but really spot clean? Quite the achievement for two picky eaters.
You’d be amazed at how well-priced some of these dishes are at Cafe Dijon. Dinner here is getting the most out of your buck, as top dishes are served to you at great value. Aside from that, you’ll feel you’re sitting in a French village on a warm summer’s eve. Their long-term staff is kind and knowledgeable (which is always a plus) and they helped us with recommending our dishes.
Since the dinner experience provided a more lively experience than the (great) lunch, and because Cafe Dijon delivers absolute quality straightforward food for superb prices, I’ll rerate my previous experience by adding a little more for this bistro.