Inside Hotel Bijou is a newly remodeled restaurant coming from chef Robin Song.
Gibson has a funky eclectic feel with an inviting cocktail bar and open kitchen. The menu for the most part is designed to be shared and even has a section dedicated to bread with various condiments. Of course I was intrigued to try a new restaurant especially since a former coworker of mine works there now.
We started off with a few snacks.
A classic combination of creamy cheese and smoked fish in between crisp rye crackers. Simple yet delicious.
Perfectly hallowed out pieces of crunchy cucumber were stuffed with an airy uni flavored bagna cauda (a traditional Italian sauce made from garlic, anchovies, olive oil, and butter).
This dish would have been fine if it weren’t for the sweet whipped cream that was just slightly off-putting. If it was tangy crème fraîche with the egg yolk and caviar it would have worked so much better.
The sourdough bread was fresh out of the oven, warm and scrumptious, and I could have easily eaten more. However, they were slightly skimpy with the baked Red Hawk cheese.
While this dish was tasty, it was slightly elementary. Just various roasted brassicas with fried potato and peppers. It needed more excitement and wow factor.
A modern version of clam chowder with an intense flavorful consommé with clams, potato, various aromatic herbs, and a velvety pomme purée on the bottom. Comfort in a bowl.
The duck breast was just a tad undercooked for my liking but the confit pieces on the side were divine. However, the beetroot slices were completely unseasoned with no flavor. Overall this dish sounded so enticing but lacked love.
A deconstructed apple pie that hit the spot without being too heavy. Crisp buttery flakes of dough with juicy red currants and apple pieces.
A chocolate lover’s dream with a rich luscious chocolate cake topped with silky coffee ice cream on top. The caramelized hazelnuts were a winner for Tommy (his favorite nuts).
Overall I enjoyed my meal at the Gibson but I think a few dishes need tweaking. Also for the average diner, the portions were on the smaller side. Therefore my rating is a 7/10.