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Bleu Restaurant and Lounge is located in Ledgeview, which borders on the East side of Bellevue and Green Bay. The new restaurant is situated in Olde School Square, set in a rustic country setting. As you walk in, you will notice that Bleu is an all open concept restaurant, including the kitchen part. This allows you to observe all the cooking. The decor of Bleu is done with rustic contemporary flair, and the vaulted ceiling is covered with a variety of antique door fronts.

I had dinner reservations for that evening, and when I arrived I was sat at a very small table that could fit two diners. The tables for customers with reservations are all lined all in a row and face the long bar and kitchen. There are many stools which face and run along the bar and kitchen for a more casual dining, and two large tables that seat ten for diners without reservations. The hostess gave me a cocktail menu and dinner menu.

My waiter soon came and was very personable. He introduced himself and proceeded to tell me the specials for that evening. He also explained, in detail, the ingredients and the process in which they are made. I decided to start with the Lamb and Potato Soup for $5.00, and for my entrée I ordered the Butter Crumb Day Boat Haddock for $28.00. I was brought my cocktail, and a linen covered plate with slices of French bread and a side of herb butter. The bread tasted less than fresh and airy. My soup was served in a bowl which contained diced carrots, potatoes, pearl barley, tiny ground meatballs of lamb, and a few pieces of fresh mint. The soup had an intense flavor of the lamb, which gave a salty earthy flavor.

I was not served or offered ice water and I also noticed that the other diners had not been brought any. I requested if I could have water and was served a glass of water without any ice. My haddock was served next and it looked delightfully exquisite. There was a large fillet covered with a beautiful golden crust resting and beside were two small oven roasted potatoes, one blue and one red. Under my fillet were al dente fresh vegetables consisting of a mixed medley of green beans, carrots, brussel sprouts, and roasted cauliflower. My haddock was spot on perfect, very moist, fresh, and flaky. The crusted bread crumb was melt in your mouth buttery with a slight crunch, it tasted divine. On the menu it stated fingerling potatoes, so I assumed they must have run out, but the oven roasted potatoes were delicious as were the crunchy textured vegetables.

My service throughout my meal was very enjoyable; my server was attentive and pleasant to converse with. Bleu also serves lunches.

Source by Patricia Summerfield