The Name’s the Thing
Restaurants come and go. I morn the COVID-era loss of far too many local menus. One such was Bar Les Freres in Clayton—across from the statue of Botero’s black horse on Wydown.
Award-winning chef Michael Gallina and his wife, Tara, have come to the rescue. (They also have Vicia, Winslow’s Table, and Taqueria Morital in their culinary domain.)
Their new version of the French bistro is called Bistro La Floraison, (though I think a name like Black Horse Bistro rolls off the tongue more easily.) But maybe such an earthy moniker sounds too much like a British pub.
Bliss on a Plate
But enough on name. As Shakespeare reminded us, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Indeed, the new Bistro lifts the culinary bar in the area. The menu is not vast, but the dishes offered have been carefully curated for presentation, color and taste. The service is 5-star.
The Perfect Patio
Robin and I recently dined on the Bistro’s charming outdoor patio. (There are 40 inside seats in two rooms and 24 on the patio.) The new owners have gone to considerable effort to maintain the ambiance of the former restaurant while adding a touch of French chic.
The Bistro’s website ends with the phrase, “Just say Oui.” Good idea. “Most certainly, “Oui will be back.”
Bistro La Floraison, 7637 Wydown Blvd. Open: Wed-Sun 4-10p; Fri-Sat 4-11. Menu: From website. Reservations: Strongly suggested for indoor dining. The patio and small bar (4 seats) are available for walk in guests first come, first serve. No reservation accepted for the patio.