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Whenever I got a chance to stroll along 4th street, I would peek through the window of Suzette Bistro and check how busy it was. As a newly opened restaurant, it has been gaining quite a bit of attention. I constantly heard people around me mentioning about the wonderful French dishes it brought to the table. This summer, I got the chance to meet up with a fellow blogger, Candy from Candy Eats, for brunch. Since neither of us had dined at Suzette before, it made the perfect meet-up spot for food lovers like us!
Led by experienced French chefs, Suzette features authentic dishes inspired by the Northern France. I’d never had classic French-style brunch before so I was super excited to see what delightful dishes it offered.
As I stepped inside the restaurant, I was astounded by how compact the space was. Completely different from the perception I received from its exterior. At peak lunch hour, the restaurant was jam-packed with hungry diners. I was glad I made the clever decision to make a reservation ahead of time 🙂
The light, airy interior featured walls painted white and dove gray, large paneled windows and warm orange indoor lights. Hanging on the wall were framed photos of old sailors. The ambiance was calming and relaxing, as if I was sitting by the beach.
The brunch menu included a selection of grill meats, fish, pasta, galettes and crêpes. The category ‘galettes’ was novel to me so I decided to give it a try!
From my understanding (and later confirmed by online research), galettes are savory crêpes made with buckwheat flour and are often associated with the region of Brittany in France. At first, I was worried if the portion size could keep my belly satisfied. But as the server dished out my plate of marocaine galette ($16), my worry began to dissipate.
The dark brown buckwheat crepe was gigantic! Unlike those classic sweet crêpes that are made with wheat flour, the galette was airy light and had a deliciously subtle nutty flavor. With the potato and merguez (spicy mutton sausage) filling, the galette had a creamy soft texture and was bursting with herby and peppery aromas, with just a tiny kick from the spices. The simple mustard and tarragon cream added a refreshing tang and a taste of summer 🙂
Candy ordered the paysanne ($15) which was filled with roasted potato, sauteed mushrooms and local farm bacon. I would like to highlight that the local farm bacon was surprisingly light and not salty at all! I would come back just for that bacon! Visually, it looked identical to my marocaine galette so I didn’t take a photo of it.
I was satisfied with the service and impressed by how good the food tasted. Next time, I would come back with Kev and check out its dinner items! If you’re considering making a trip to Suzette Bistro, don’t forget to make reservation online! Bon Appétit!