I am writing this post in English, because I promised my son Constantine and his dear friend K.
I found the bistro St’ Michaels in my internet searches, looking for a nice place to have dinner in the St’ Michael’s area during my Easter escape at Tilghman island. It seemed as the best choice considering the reviews and the chef”s credentials. So I made reservations for Good Friday, my first night in the area.
We arrived exactly at 7:30 and we were warmly welcomed by the staff. The bistro is a warm and cozy place with the “appropriate” bistro furniture, colors and decorations. It is a change in the small village of St. Michael’s where the visitor can find many seafood places to dine. The bistro also features a seafood bar, and the only reason I did not try it, was the fact that I had fresh seafood in another place as lunch that same day. The menu is somehow limited to five entrees, five starters and six small plates, but I do not consider this bad, because the less you find on the menu, the more attention the chef pays to each creation. The menu changes probably often, and I consider this great as seasonal changes ensure better tasting plates. The only thing I have to say is that they should update their web site menus to reflect what they serve. What is now on the site is probably an older menu.
On the table when you arrive, there is already a bowl with some olives and pickles. Those were probably there for a while, as they have lost their freshness and crispiness, especially those cornichons. Also the bread comes promising in the form of hot rolls with crispy crust, but they are not baked well inside.
We decided to start with two small plates. Beets and apples with Dijon vinaigrette and hummus with basil and goat cheese. The first dish was a pleasant surprise. The beets and the apples and some pieces of cucumber were dressed by a vary tasty and smooth sauce. The hummus also was excellent and definitely homemade, and I never thought before of combining it with goat cheese. The only thing I would change in this plate would be to replace the crackers on the side with toasted pita, the classic hummus accompaniment.
I noticed in the small plates the selection ” greek yoghurt with honey and pistachios” As a matter of fact someone ordered it from the next table and it looked good, however greek yoghurt with honey is rather a dessert plate and the yoghurt tends to fill up one’s stomach quickly, cutting the appetite for the main course.
My partner and I both selected the same entree. The cod and shrimp on a bed of jasmin rice. On a good Friday none of us wanted to eat meat. The combination of all these plus some small red peppers was very delicate. I would salt the fish filet a bit more before cooking it. The sweetness of the rice, the sweet flesh of the fish, and the sweet peppers, were missing something that would satisfy our “mediterranean taste buds” .
My personal disappointment was the Creme Caramel. I have tasted so many creme caramels since I was a child, and some I like some I do not. But this one did not have any caramel. Instead there was a light syrup in the plate. Also I am not really sure that it was made from scratch as it was missing the silky taste. I decided to share the lack of burned caramel with the waitress, and she was very polite inquiring the reasons I did not like the dessert. I tried to explain and I hope that my concerns went to the chef. They took off the creme caramel from our bill, although that was definitely not my intention. My honest intention was to state that a creme caramel should have ..caramel instead of syrup.
My partner’s warm chocolate cake with hot fudge, creme anglaise and vanilla ice cream was too sweet, but probably good to satisfy the “sweet american tooth”.
The service was very cordial and all the staff very attentive, and quick. The meals arrived at nice intervals, the wine list covered nicely all the dishes on the menu.
Also I want to say, that I am by no means a food critic. I often write on this blog restaurant reviews, based only on my experience of many travels. and my mediterranean heritage.
Bistro St. Michaels
403 South Talbot Street
St Michaels, MD 21663