I love the decor especially the red flocked velvet banquettes and I can imagine it's a romantic place in the evening. The red flock doesn't quite go with the 80s style blue neon lit sign outside the front entrance though.
I started the lunch with house smoked salmon with toasted brioche. It came with a cute little quennelle of salmon mousse that was tasty and creamy. The salmon itself was delicious and not over smoked or over salty - just perfect and the slightly sweet toasted brioche was the perfect accompaniment.
Although there were lots of tempting things on the menu including a duck salad or a goats cheese and onion tart, Steve went with the French onion soup with beer, topped with Gruyère. It comes with a pastry top that sinks into the soup. The soup itself is tasty and deep with a good savoury kick. The quality of the soup is superior to its namesake at Bistro Guillaume but Steve prefers the cheesy crouton at Guillaume's rather than the pastry top. So far we're enjoying the food and feeling happy.
We enjoy the tender meat, delicious potato and the zingy green salad. The chargrilled asparagus is also tasty. The lavender jus in moderations just adds a little fresh touch but we certainly don't need more than a splash.
Steve goes for the baked to order madeleines with honey ice cream and 6 perfectly baked specimens are delivered. We initially think 6 is pretty ambitious but these are so fluffy and light with no hint of grease that actually 6 becomes pretty manageable!
We loved our lunch at Bistro Vue - it's French food at its best. Vive la France!