Every time I hear a place has Croque Monsieur, I have to go try it. When I saw it on the menu at Bistro Aix, I decided to stop in for happy hour and give it a try. Unfortunately I was informed that they don’t offer Croque Monsieur anymore, so I ordered something else that caught my eye. Truffle garlic fries. WOW. I wish I had taken a picture of those; they were a formidable pile of crispy, thin, well-seasoned fries with truffle oil and garlic. The three of us polished off the entire plate.
Then we moved on to a main dish to share, the Scottish Salmon and Lentil Succotash. Great choice! The cut of fish was sizeable, cooked to perfection, and came in a light, tasty lentil broth. Between the fries and the fish, I’d bet that ANYTHING you get from Bistro Aix is going to be amazing. When I go back, I’m definitely getting the steak frites because it reminds me of my trip to Montreal :)
So does Creme Brulee, so for dessert we got one to share. It was large enough for the three of us to get in a few good spoonfuls each. The sugar glaze was expertly caramelized, and the custard was light and delicious. It’s definitely one of the better Creme Brulee’s in Jacksonville.
Beyond the great food, I also like the atmosphere of Bistro Aix. The interior is moody and clean with a medieval kind of feel to it because of the monastery style chairs. It’s a good choice for romantic or special occasions. They have half-price drink specials until 7pm, and a ton of delicious things to try.
***UPDATE*** April 2014 – I returned to Bistro Aix for my boyfriend’s birthday and tried their Steak Frites with haricot vert. Delicious! They cooked my medium-well steak perfectly and smothered it in a tasty jus. Their fries are consistently thin and crispy, and the haricot vert were buttery and perfectly cooked, with what seemed like a hint of creme fraiche.
My boyfriend got the homemade Gnocchi with Butternut Squash. It melted in my mouth like nothing I’ve ever had before. Amazing.
While the food is great, I consistently find the service to be a bit terse. The servers I’ve had seem a little cold instead of open and smiley. But maybe that’s their thing, I don’t know. On a positive note, I booked my reservation through OpenTable.com and requested a romantic table for two. They sat us in a front corner booth next to the window with a lit candle. Pretty good :)