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.