Savor the Bronx 2015: Bistro SK

I’ve wanted to go to Bistro SK, the Bronx’s sole French restaurant,  for a very long time, but something usually comes up (ok, it’s those City Island pina coladas. Such a distraction!)  This year for Bronx restaurant week, I was determined to make it.

When we first arrived, I quickly noticed that this place is the definition of a cute and cozy restaurant. We were greeted warmly by Stephane, the owner of Bistro SK. We sat down next to “the tree.” This is a real tree that has been boxed off to allow it to grow through the restaurant. Very cool.

I went to Paris maybe 5 years ago and I can’t remember if I had escargot, which is a sin, so I made sure to order them this time, just to make sure. By nature, I hate insects, but especially ones with no legs – worms, slugs, and of course, snails. So, I was a little wary if the texture would freak me out, but, I’m happy to report that it didn’t. The garlic butter sauce they were in was a delicious distraction.

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For my entree, I went with the bar raye roti (bass) which came with a side of basmati rice and vegetables. The portions were great – enough to fill me up without making me feel sluggish. Stephane was instrumental in helping my friend choose her entree, the fish special. Even though we were hesitant about the dish coming with a side of beets, Stephane assured us we would like them and he was right.

For dessert, we split what is known as the floating island, which is merengue with almonds on top, drizzled with caramel. It was interesting. To be honest, I can’t say I’d order it again, not that it was bad, but I didn’t love it.

Bistro SK also does brunch, so I’d be very curious to try that out, too. I’m certain I’ll be back in the near future.

Bronx Food & Wine Festival

This past week the first Bronx Food and Wine Festival took place at the Mall at Bay Plaza. This had my name written all over it!

Let’s start with the highlights:

Beforehand, I was a little worried that I would leave starving; that vendors would give you a tiny sample and send you on your way. I’m happy to report that that was not the case and I left as full as I would have leaving a restaurant for dinner. And the wine booths didn’t skimp on their samples either. It was wonderful to see so many different vendors including one of my faves the Bronx Beer Hall as well as Flaco Coquito, Bistro SK, Euro Products, Frozen Peaks, Havana Cafe, among so many others I know I’m leaving out. Everything I sampled was delicious. Plus the swag bag contained samples, coupons, and a dorky nifty little wine glass holder for lushes  people who were holding lots of things, such as myself.

As it was the first of its kind, there’s always room for improvement…

On the one hand there were a lot of people, which was great! But it did get a bit crowded and you had to kind of shuffle around  to find a free space. Another thing that would have been helpful was chairs and tables! With all of that food and a full wine glass, it would’ve been nice to have a place to sit and enjoy it. Lastly, something that was confusing was the way it was marketed alongside the Bronx Fashion Week event, which led me (and others) to believe that the two events were connected, particularly since they were only two floors away from each other. It was still easy enough to view the fashion show…well…until you were shooed away (nicely) by the mall’s security guards. Something that could have been cleared up in the wording or advertising of the event.

Overall, though, I had a great time and can’t wait until next year!

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