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Mon Ami Gabi – Reston Town Center December 16, 2008

Posted by hslu in Restaurants.
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We went to Mon Ami Gabi (My Friend Gabino) for lunch on Friday at around 2:30 in the afternoon. Reston Town Center is a booming shopping and office center about 6 miles from our house in the town of Reston.

The center has gone through several phases of expansion and has recently added four high rise towers, many townhouses, hundreds of thousands of square feet of office space, and at least six new restaurants in the last two years.

The new restaurants included Busaras (Thai), Community Canteen, Il Fornaio Cuina Italiana, Mon Ami Gabi (french), Passion Fish, and Jackson’s Might Fine Food. There is also a Yum Yum cafe which opens from 6 in the morning till 6 in the evening.

Mon Ami Gabi is a French bistro with very reasonable prices and nice food.  It also serves hamburgers and fries; a bit strange for a French restaurant in a high class area. I guess it is aimed to attract lunch crowd from offices near by.

We ordered three appetizers, a main course, 2 cups of coffee and 2 glasses of wine: A Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir.

The appetizers were:

1.   Country Style Pâté with pearl onions, pickles, mustard and some toast.

2.   Warm Duck Confit on a bed of lentils with pearl onions in a balsamic reduction.

3.   Escargots de Bourgogne in garlic-herb butter.

The main course was fresh Spinach and Brie Crepe.

The presentation was very nice but the taste was a bit on the light side. I thought the Escargot and pate could use a bit more salt. Duck Confit was nicely done with tender duck meat and flavorful lentils.

Maria had a glass of 2005 Louis Latour Chardonnay and I ordered a glass of 2006 Louis Latour Pinot Noir. Both were great value for the $6.95 price tag.

Coffee was a bit over priced though: $3.25 each.

Overall, the lunch was a memorable one. we were relaxed and took out time to enjoy the food. We also had the full attention of the wait staff because it was slow time between lunch and dinner.

We will come back with our kids when they come back from NY and San Francisco.

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