Despite several name changes Chez Colette French Bistro at 796 Indian Rocks Road in Belleair Bluffs has returned to its former glory under the ownership of Colette Pommel, her husband Bernard Jacob, and their son Nicolas Denis. Some might remember Chez Colette as Le Bouchon Bistro or La Petit Bistro. Since arriving from Avignon, France, buying the place and changing the name, Colette has retained some of the more popular dishes. They kept the foie gras, the boeuf bourguignon, and the Burgundian escargots with the parsley and garlic sauce.
During our recent visit, the four of us tried all three of those menu items. But first, le vin, si vous s'il vous plaît. Our table requested a bottle of Burgundy and Pouilly Fuisse. Our server, Justin, properly presented and served the wines and then took our requests for appetizers. Our table shared the Duck Foie Gras and the Escargot.
The Duck Foie Gras was undoubtedly the best that I have ever been served. It was creamy and delicious spread on the accompanying toasts with a dab of jam.
The Escargot did not inspire. While the snails were cooked to al dente perfection, the sauce was bland and devoid of taste except for a hint of a freshly mowed lawn.
Our table had greater success as we moved on to our entrees. My Duck Confit was good, but the top was a little over done. The skin was nice and crisp but the meat underneath was dry. Digging deeper and the meat was moist with more flavor.
I had a bite of the Sirloin and was pleasantly surprised at the flavor, juiciness, and tenderness of this cut of beef. The accompanying French Fries were deemed to be superb.
One of the standouts of the evening was the Boeuf Bourgogne. The beef was tender, and the Burgundy sauce was excellent. I pride myself on being a good cook, but this boeuf bourgogne was better than the one I cooked at home a few weeks ago. My compliments to the chef.
And, lastly, the La Atlantique, a savory dinner crepe that I tasted, but sadly do not remember. That is not meant as a negative comment, but rather a case of being too full to appreciate more food.
We capped our evening with several desserts that, as I mentioned before, I was way too full to appreciate, or (obviously) photograph.
For the most part our food was good, the service was excellent, the company terrific, and the prices were not unreasonable. Our total for four people with food and wine came to a bit under $260.