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September 4, 2012
New Restaurant: Roots Bistro Gourmand
Roots Bistro Gourmand was opened in August 2012 by partners James Orlandi and Philippe Corbet.
The duo's concept revolutionizes French cuisine and gastronomic techniques in a modest bistro setting.
The tin ceiling sets the tone for the bistro-barn style that mixes vintage reclaimed wood flooring with a modern zinc bar. The duality of these opposing genres combines with elements inspired by nature, such as a living wall, to create a simple, yet stunning ambiance.
The menu was co-created by Executive Chef Philippe Corbet and Chef James Orlandi who were inspired by the bistronomic revolution of French cuisine, a movement that is based on gastronomic preparations in a casual atmosphere. Their seasonal menu utilizes fresh, close-to-home ingredients whenever possible infused with global flavors. Sustainability is at the heart of the restaurant's cooking philosophy and their dedication to sourcing products locally is reflected in the menu. The concept at Roots Bistro Gourmand is focused on a return to the true meaning of in-house cooking where fresh ingredients are excelled through thoughtful presentations by creative chefs. Appetizers range in price from $8 to $16 and feature: pressed suckling pig slow cooked with caramelized heart of palm and baby carrots in a caraway-lavender honey with spring onion compote; roasted marrow bones with micro herb salad, house pickled vegetables, and grilled farm bread; House Truffle Pappardelle, Wild spring mushrooms, shaved truffle, mushroom emulsion shaved parmesan. Entrees are $22 to $38 and include: Marseille bouillabaisse with saffron fish broth, striped bass, shrimp, mussels, clams, monkfish, fingerling potatoes, baby carrots, spring onions rouille and baguette garlic crouton; pan-roasted Long Island duck breast with honey lavender jus, caramelized baby summer vegetables and roasted petit potatoes; and butter poached lobster with creamy polenta, cherry tomatoes, vidalia onions, fava beans, citrus beurre blanc and lobster bisque emulsion. Desserts are $9 to $12 and feature: trio of chocolate with pot de creme au chocolate, Stumptown espresso molten cake and white chocolate ice cream; Summer Crumble with apple, rhubarb and créme fraiche ice cream; and pop rock with coconut ice cream, macerated strawberries, mint, pop rocks and creme.
An array of innovative libations range from $8 to $12 and include: "Fred & Ginger Moves" with bourbon, cherry vanilla bitters, cherry herring liquor, fresh ginger, brown sugar and a splash of ginger soda garnished with a candied orange; "In Good Health" with Japanese Sencha infused vodka, house lemonade, orange simple syrup and a splash of white cranberry juice; and "Fresh Face" with cucumber gin, basil simple syrup and fresh lime juice garnished with a basil cucumber ribbon and sea salt.
The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday from 5 to 11 p.m.
Roots Bistro Gourmand