Old World Charm meets Contemporary Dishes at The Park Bistro & Bar Lafayette
By Marilen Taylor
Photography by Noemi Enriquez
On September 14th GEV had the great privilege of attending the Grand Opening of the The Park Bistro & Bar in Lafayette. We came prepared only with an open mind and eager taste buds and no preconceptions as to what the Park Bistro had to offer. Upon arrival, we felt like we were transported to a glorious French Chateau. There were strings of light overhead, a few scattered bistro style tables and at the center, a beautiful Victorian-style fountain. A local live jazz band played in the background as the scrumptious appetizers came out; six of which we were able to sample from the kitchen of Executive Chef Adam Carpenter. They served Gazpacho, Spareribs Slider, Crostinis, and Waldorf Salad which all delighted our palates but two topped our favorite list; it was a tie between the Asian Glazed Chicken on Waffle and the Tato Top.
At first we were a bit iffy about the waffle but was pleasantly surprised at how the tangy chicken glaze merged so well with the breakfast staple’s slight sweetness. The Tato Top had a very impressive presentation as a one-bite appetizer – set on a spoon with what looked like a tater tot with bacon, onion and marmalade; this was truly delicious. The Waldorf Salad is always a great classic for me with Asian Pear, Walnut and Shropshire Blue Cheese on Endive, however there was one dish which stood out from everything else – the Blistered Shishito Peppers. This little treat was just simply amazing and was a great companion to everything we ate that evening.
One of the highlights of the occasion was getting up close and personal with Chef Adam who gave us the opportunity to get a feel of and see him in action in the kitchen. As his third restaurant restoration project, The Park Bistro & Bar is nearest and dearest to both his heart and his home, as he is a local to the area. His efforts to support the community are witnessed in his culinary creations which are comprised of home grown ingredients from the local farmers.
There were several superb wines poured namely the 2010 Reata Chardonnay which was a standout. Mixologist Luis “Papa” Dahora’s signature drink “The Park” was also a delightful highlight of their bar menu. I love martinis and this one was a true classic cocktail which was a great finish to a wonderful and delicious evening.
3287 Mt. Diablo Blvd.,
Lafayette, CA 94549