To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we decided to use one of our Cleveland Independents gift certificates and try Light Bistro in Ohio City for dinner on Saturday night:
From Light Bistro’s website:
“Chef Matt [Mathlage] calls his style of cooking, “progressive American,” and that lends itself to an assortment of interpretations and permutations. There are, he says, infusions of Eurasian, French, and Italian cuisine as well as representational dishes from the Carolinas, low country Louisiana, the southwest, everything modified to reflect decidedly Midwest flavors. The menu features 20 small plates, 10 to 12 traditional large plates, either for sharing or for a solo indulgence.”
I was delightfully greeted by the hostess, then the owner, then a waiter’s assistant, another server, and then our actual waiter. Everyone seemed extremely happy to be working that evening!
I started with my usual: a white wine: “Aligote, Domaine de Regusse, 2007 France”. Hans went for a more hearty choice: a bottle of Guinness:
After great debate we ordered: I started with their Farmers Market Salad with Summer Vegetables and Balsamic Vinaigrette:
Pretty much straight forward: lots of veggies. standard but tasty vinaigrette. probably overpriced. I really don’t care as I was extremely pleased to get some veggies in my stomach.
Our waiter previously brought bread: a French baguette and a Parmesan roll. Both freshly baked on premises. We’re talking straight out of the oven and onto our table. MMMMM warm bread, with excellent butter from the West Side Market. Did we turn down seconds? Hell no.
Hans started with a thin crust pizza: the Shrimp Verde with Baby Shrimp, Basil Pesto, Mozzarella and Provolone:
Of course, I snagged the smallest piece. Upon having my first bite, I regretted ordering a main dish. I could have just easily worked on half of this pizza and been content. Lots of cheese, lots of pesto. Could have done with a few more shrimp, but I’m demanding when it comes to seafood, especially when it is this good. The crust was crispy all the way thru. No soggy crust. Major points for that.
Hans also ordered the Kobe Burger, that SURPRISE! came with fries:
This was one JUICY burger. Almost too juicy, as Hans ended up needing to snag a few extra napkins from a nearby table. Topped with (I believe) havarti and arugula (Hans told the waiter to hold the mushrooms), the burger had a great taste to it. The bun was a great compliment to the hefty burger and held its own, even with the ridiculous amount of liquid coming from the burger. I didn’t try the fries, but Hans said they were “tasty”. After rocking about 7/8 of the burger and 1/2 the fries, my hubby realized he ordered FAR TOO MUCH food and practically passed out in a food coma. This is always a good sign to know that Hans enjoyed the meal and was overall content at the end.
For my main, I chose the Roasted Halibut with Basil Gremolata and Ratatouille Vegetables:
I was so excited when this was placed in front of me, I started to dig in before taking the photo! I am not exaggerating when I say I could easily eat this every night for dinner. Everything was perfectly seasoned. The topping on the fish was incredibly tasty and really enhanced the fish perfectly. I could have used a few more veggies (surprise, surprise), but I practically licked the plate clean. I obviously HATED it! 🙂
After receiving our check, the manager stopped by our table to see how we enjoyed the meal. I mentioned that everything was excellent, but that my one note for improvement was including the fact that fries were served with the burger on the menu. He gave me a look like “woman, you’re crazy”. I gave him one right back. He grabbed the menu, then realized the emission was because we happened to select a holiday weekend. Light Bistro had a special menu, so they focused on their special four course offering. In doing so, they scaled back “regular” menu. When the holiday weekend menu was written, they forgot to mention fries were included with the burger. Really, no big deal in the long run. The manager apologized, but I told him to not worry. It hardly mattered in the end because we really enjoyed our meal at Light Bistro.
Will I return? Heck yes. I need to enjoy their FULL regular menu ASAP! Plus, the customer service was remarkable. If you want to be taken care of AND be well fed, make some reservations today.