Crooked House Bistro

Years ago, I was a frequent customer of the Crooked Coffee House which stood on Edgewater and had always loved the building as much as the coffee.  A couple of weeks ago, after years of watching restaurants come and go from the location, it was exciting to see some work being done on the place.  When I got the email from KandN asking if I wanted to go to the soft opening of the new Crooked House Bistro, I was very excited.  As a West Salemite, I love it when new places open in the neighborhood.  I was excited to see what they had done with the place and it certainly did not disappoint!

Upon arrival, we were blown away by the remodel.  The chef and owner, Bernard Malherbe has kept the originality of the house, but has enhanced the cozy and warm feeling.  We were immediately seated and because it is such a small venue, found ourselves in conversation with our neighbors, which happened several times throughout the evening.  Since the neighbors on both sides of us were quite friendly, this added to the charm of our evening.  We were presented with a single page menu and a glass of sparkling wine to help celebrate the opening.  We opted of the cheese platter to start, which consisted of three cheeses, a goat's cheese, sheep and cow's cheese and a bleu cheese along with bread.  I ordered the albacore over polenta which was delicious.  Topped with a chunky tomato sauce, the added cornichons gave a pleasant contrast in texture and a slight vinegar taste.  My sister ordered the bison NY steak which was cooked just to her liking.  Her steak came with potatoes which had a great flavor and were well seasoned.
  
While I expected some fumbling during a soft opening night, I was pleasantly surprised to find everything cooked and presented so beautifully and that the staff were friendly and knowledgeable, giving the appearance of a restaurant that has been opened for quite a while instead of just one day.  With it's very friendly staff and great food, I have no doubt that Crooked House Bistro well do well.  Bernard mentioned he plans to open for both lunch and for weekend brunches in the near future. With prices ranging from $10.50 to $22.50 for entrees without soup or salad on the soft opening menu, Crooked House Bistro may be more of a special occasion restaurant for many Salemites.  Hopefully by adding lunch and brunches, this will allow a greater variety of customers to taste Bernard's amazing food.

Crooked House Bistro
1142 Edgewater Dr. NW
Salem, OR 97304
(503)385.8851
http://www.crookedhousebistro.com/
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7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Bernard once owned Fleur de Sel, which was where Adam's Rib is now. It's nice to hear he's back!

DeeDeeDiner said...

I touched base with Bernard about his plans for serving lunch.He said that he tried it for one day only and learned that his kitchen is too small to maintain high quality for both lunch & dinner. He will therefore focus solely on dinner for the present.
3-D

DeeDeeDiner said...

Crooked House Bistro website has now been updated with menu, wine list, photos and hours + reservation request slot.
http://www.crookedhousebistro.com/
(Facebook page has a LOT more photos.)

Anonymous said...

No prices tho.

Chuck Bradley said...

I’m so glad this wonderful place now has a lunch menu. My wife had the Buza Salad of Tuna, Greens, Green Beans, Tomatoes, two kinds of un-pitted Olives, cold House Potatoes and an Olive Oil-based dressing with undisclosed but tantalizing ingredients. My Duck and Foie Gras Burger was unique in my experience. I can’t begin to describe the richness of flavor(s). It was a sensual experience. It came with Green Salad, Herb seasoned House Potatoes and a cup of Broccoli, Asparagus puréed Soup seasoned with Cumin (The Soup Du Jour). Our server, Matt, was at the top of his game. Chef/owner Bernard’s focus is on quality ingredients and superb preparation rather than a huge array of menu items. But everything he does, he does extremely well.

DeeDeeDiner said...

Thanks Chuck---that is indeed great news. As a "translation" of kind of an insider joke---the "Buza salad" description on the website is that "it doesn't take a brain surgeon to make it"---Dr. Buza is a local neurosurgeon and probably a customer :-)
DDD

Chuck Bradley said...

Our cousins Jeff and Marilyn took us to dinner at The Crooked House last night. This place just keeps bowling me over. Bernard and Stephanie have really created something special here. Bernard’s culinary creations are almost supernatural! Either they hire the best servers imaginable, or they train them to be. (We had Gaylene last night. What a gem!) I won’t go into lengthy descriptions of what we had, but if you get a chance to try Bernard’s Duck Breast drizzled with Demi-Glace with Potatoes prepared in Duck Fat, expect the gustatory equivalent of a sustained orgasm!