Elegant dishes, creative cocktails, a charming atmosphere and detailed decor. These are the words I would use to describe Dormont’s newest Parisian Bistro, Jean Louis.
Chef Gaetano Ascione prides himself on creating mouth watering dishes, while cultivating a French menu that fosters relatable, comfort food dishes and less intimidating options which some may associate with French Cuisine.
My friend Amanda, founder of @boldPittsburgh invited me and other local “foodies” to enjoy an evening at Jean Louis. After trying many of delicious dishes offered here, I can say with confidence that I will be bringing my friends and family back to experience and enjoy this menu.
Now to the serious stuff…What we ate and drank. First and foremost, we begin our evening with some cocktails at the bar which included the Floating Cloud, Scotch Walker, Saints & Geese and of course the Classic French Martini. We also popped (a few) bottles of white and red wine during our meal AKA My favorite way to catch up with some friends.
We started with the Dégustation de Notre Charcuterie, a charcuterie board featuring four different cured meats, whole grain mustard, pickles, peppers and dried fruit.
We also had the Salade de Laitue, crispy bibb lettuce paired with a mustard vinaigrette, Escargot finished in a garlic and herb sauce and some of the most flavorful Pommes Frites.
Other dishes we devoured were things like the Magret De Caneton À L’Orange, duck breast served in a flavorful orange sauce, house made gnocchi paired with a gruyere, truffle sauce (the sauce was naturally a fan favorite so an extra bowl was presented to us to enjoy for dipping. Now thats service.)
Last but not least, we polished off the meal with chocolate truffles and vanilla ice cream topped with a tomato marmalade. Yes you read that right and trust me, it works.
This menu has something for everyone as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options. look forward to my next visit to Jean Louis.This content was provided by a local, independent contributor to Made in PGH, a lifestyle blog.