Bistro Cassis: French
By Luann & Alex /
We dont speak French,
but we have to assume Bistro Cassis has something
to do with a rich, delicious, intoxicating meal.
A small restaurant on Wall Street in Huntington village, its
size only adds to its European-bistro feel. Art dons the walls
and romantic lighting creates a mood appropriate for tables
of families out for a nice dinner or couples celebrating something
special. Awaiting you is an exquisite menu and an array of
French wines served at the perfect temperature.
The restaurant, owned and operated by Reststar Hospitality
Group, is managed by Gabriel Garcia, son of Hugo Garcia of
Café Buenos Aires also on Wall Street. Gabriel exhibits
much the same charm, hospitality and knowledge of his craft
as his father, who opened Cassis in 2001 before moving to
Buenos Aires. Add Cassis Chef David Bonilla to the mix and
youve got a solid team providing a charming and unique
We opened up our palate with a glass of pastis, a strong anise-flavored
liqueur. Then came La Soupe Gratinée à lOignon
($8), onion soup with crouton and cheese gratin.
Plentiful in perfectly cooked onions with the cheese melted
just right, the soup stays hot until the last drop. Couple
it with a cool and smooth glass of red Belleruche Rhone.
Next came two French staples, Escargots Maître dHôtel
($9) snails with garlic herb butter sauce and
Cuisses de Grenouilles Provençale ($12) frog
legs Provençale with garlic, capers and olives. The
snails are robust and exquisite, immersed in a rich mixture
of butter, white wine and olive oil and topped with a little
piece of toasty bread, and paired with Verget Macon-Villages
2008 white Bourgogne. We were anxious to try to the French
delicacy that is frog legs. Dipped in the delicate garlicky
sauce that Chef Bonilla whips up, we might argue Cassis is
the place to try it for the first time especially if
you couple it with a glass of smooth BV Coastal Estates 2007
The mussels were unbelievable, the most tender weve
ever tasted in heavenly light and immensely tasty broths,
rich in flavor. Moules Marinières ($15) come in a garlicky
white wine sauce, while Moules Provençales are doused
in a tomato-based sauce with garlic and basil flavors. The
flavors were magnified by the Fornier Les Belles Vignes Sancerre
2008 wine we had.
For our entrees, Coquilles St. Jacques et Crevettes ($27)
is a delicious plate full of pan-seared scallops and shrimp
served with fricassee of leeks, oyster mushrooms, and corn
in a truffle cream sauce that just sent our taste buds soaring.
Cassis coupled this with a 2009 Les Jamelles Sauvignon Blanc.
Magret de Canard au Cassis ($25) is also a winner duck
breast and leg confit with mushroom gratin, fresh raspberries
and a touch of cassis. The leg meat is so tender, you know
it fell right off the bone. This was served with a glass of
2008 Barton & Guestier Bistro Pinot Noir.
Dessert sent us aloft. A chocolate cake that was nearly a
soufflé was rich, creamy and moist with thick, luscious
semi-dark chocolate that just poured out from it. A plate
of crepes sitting in a delicate Grand Marnier sauce was light
and refreshing after the meal. Paired with a deliciously sweet
glass of 2005 Chateau Padoun Sauternes, we were in heaven.
For either a special occasion or a night on the town, Bistro
Cassis holds its own as somewhere patrons can go to feel welcomed,
charmed and above all, like they just had one of the best
meals of the year.
55B Wall Street
Cuisine: Fine French
Atmosphere: European bistro
Price range: Moderate - Expensive
Hours: Brunch: Sun, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.;
Lunch: Mon-Sat, noon-3 p.m.;
Dinner: Sun-Thurs, 5-10 p.m.,
Fri-Sat, 5-11 p.m.