Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Barrington Country Bistro {sophisticated meal perfect for an anniversary}

Last weekend, my husband and I celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary. (Not sure how 13 years have gone by. However, we are chasing my grandparents' 63 years of marriage record, so I think that we have a good start.) When we go out for our anniversary, we like to go somewhere a little more refined. This year, we opted to try a new restaurant--the Barrington Country Bistro. I have been wanting to try the Barrington Country Bistro for awhile, so our anniversary seemed to be the perfect time!

The bistro is very contemporary. The food has a decidedly French flare with a dash of Italian thrown in. The bistro has an appealing prix-fixe option. At $32 for a full three course meal, the prix-fixe is a very reasonable choice for dinner. The Barrington Country Bistro has a substantial wine menu with a healthy number of wines by the glass. I like this because if my husband is not in the mood for wine, I have a wider selection of wines by the glass to choose from. Often, selection is diminished by the glass and larger by the bottle.

If you veer from the prix-fixe, however, you will not be disappointed! To begin our meal, we had a  Caesar Salad. We split a salad, so below you will see a half-sized portion:






My husband opted for the onglet for his entree. He loved his meal so much that he practically licked the plate clean.


I had the Scottish salmon with exotic mushrooms. The salmon was cooked well--perfectly flaky and the mushrooms melded well with the dish. I felt that the dish may have been a little over-sauced. However, extra sauce can be avoided!


For dessert, we tried the Creme Brulee. I am not normally a Creme Brulee fan, yet the addition of lavender to the dish intrigued me. I loved the addition of fresh blueberries and the light hint of lavender. The lavender definitely was interesting on the palate!



Barrington Country Bistro is a fresh yet elegant restaurant. We enjoyed our meals and are already tempted to return! Barrington Country Bistro is located at 718 W Northwest Hwy in Barrington, Illinois.The menu is updated daily, so be sure to take a peek before you visit!

**Disclosure: No compensation was received for this review. All opinions are 100% my own.

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