A new addition to Alexandria’s French dining scene

A new addition to Alexandria’s French dining scene
A special advertising feature of the Alexandria Times.

Christophe and Michelle Poteaux have another hit with Bistrot Royal, a French café located at 1201 N. Royal St. It is intimate and inviting, and the tables are quaint and cozy, offering everything one would expect from a classic bistro on the streets of Paris.

Both the lunch and dinner offerings have already attracted a strong following, with the menu containing numerous authentic French dishes. Lunchtime favorites include the escargot persillade, while the pâtés, quiches, Croque Monsieur and lamb are all excellent too. In the evenings, patrons can order a la carte or from the $37 three-course prix fixe menu. For dinner, the Coq au Vin, the Norwegian salmon filet with lemon sauce and the Truite a la Grenobloise — a sautéed trout filet with brown butter lemon caper sauce — all receive the highest praise.

After your main meal, be sure to save room for the delightful desserts. The decision is tough as to whether to order the espresso crème caramel, the vanilla bean crème brûlée, the tarte au citron or any of the other spectacular dishes on offer.

Bistrot Royal’s bar is also popular, especially for their wine and cocktail selections. Just in time for spring, there is a fantastic new Domaine du Pere Caboche Grenache Rose wine offered by the glass.  Meanwhile, the Fleur de Lys cocktail is a recent best seller, with the new spring cocktail list set to be unveiled on March 20. The bar’s happy hour is Tuesday through Friday, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., while there is a 15 percent discount on food for those who decide to dine afterwards.

Visit Bistrot Royal soon and experience this gem’s excellent food and wine, all with the signature Poteaux style and at a great price.

Bistrot Royal is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. for dinner. Sunday brunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., followed by dinner from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit www.bistrotroyal.com or call 703-519-9110.

A special advertising feature of the Alexandria Times