The much revered but out dated Duck Club at the Lafayette Park Hotel has resurrected as The Park Bistro and Bar. Gone are the mallard murals as well as duck on the menu. Simple gold framed mirrors on the walls and seared ahi on the menu are replacements. The menu has been revamped yet kept minimal, re-introducing the signature French onion soup and adding some wonderful salads, sides, and entrees. I do wish they would offer duck breast, though. We had a small Caesar with Spanish anchovies and the bistro greens with stone fruit, pecans, and goat cheese. Both were substantial, beautiful, fresh, delicious, and reasonably priced around $6.
My husband had the salmon as his entrée and I ordered the lamb tenderloin, which was absolutely perfect served with a yummy potato gratin, beans, and French onion slivers. The chef butchers and cuts his own meat. For our anniversary celebration dessert we split the flourless chocolate cake with truffle filling and vanilla gelato-glorious! The chef beautifully wrote “Happy Anniversary!” on the plate making the presentation extra special. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly, and sweet. The bar and the outside sitting area have also been revamped and look inviting. A big plus is that the same menu items can now be ordered at any of the three locations giving diners the opportunity to sit outside by the fire pits, inside by the fireplace, or in the restaurant proper.
With the positives, we believe there are a few items that could be addressed by management to up the WOW factor. We missed having tablecloths on the tables, which lent a more romantic and elegant feeling to the former establishment. The wood veneer tables are plain and common, giving the feel of a diner atmosphere. Ours was unstable and kept rocking. With hardwood floors and wooden tables, the restaurant is much too noisy making it difficult to carry on a conversation or even hear what the wait staff asks. Since prices are in line with other high end restaurants in the area, it would behoove the bistro to upscale the décor as well.
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