We enjoyed the Triangle Restaurant Week with dinner at Bolt Bistro & Bar, located at 219 Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. This upscale bistro, located in the heart of Raleigh, offers a fine dining experience in a casual environment. For Restaurant Week, Bolt Bistro & Bar offered a prix fixe menu, something I wish was more common in the United States. While the restaurant has quite a bit of outdoor dining space, thunderstorms loomed nearby so we opted to eat indoors.
For starters, the boys got spicy watermelon gazpacho with blueberries. Quite tasty! I love panzanella, so I chose that to start. Surprisingly, my husband did too. He usually goes for the heat, but this time he went fresh. The mozzarella was wonderful and the salad was prepared with a trio of different tomatoes. Delicious! All the big people ordered the filet. Both my son and husband surprised me with that choice — they usually go for the most unusual dishes. When I asked why, they said, “Who can argue with filet?” Good point. Ellie got macaroni and cheese, made with smoky gruyere and other creamy cheeses and was amazing! We all tasted it and kept dipping our forks in for another little bite. She didn’t seem to mind, because that meant room for dessert!
Hmmmm…. maybe now you can see why I like prix fixe. Dessert? Of course! I already paid for it!
The restaurant offered three choices for dessert: chocolate chip bread pudding with a bourbon caramel sauce, marscapone cheesecake with a lady finger crust and berries, and peach crisp. I may live in the south, but when it comes to peaches or cheesecake, cheesecake wins! This cheesecake was quite light — perfect after a heavy meal. The bread pudding, which everyone else selected was rich, decadent and delicious. The guys were nice enough to let me have a taste. Yummy!
My favorite part of the meal had nothing to do with the food, though. Our server, Geoffrey, took impeccable care of us. He was attentive, but not intrusive. Informative, but not pushy. Conversational, but not weird. You know that perfect balance of there but invisible? After appetizers, Geoffrey cleared our plates and silverware to set a fresh table for the main course. As he placed the silverware, he took care to flip the knife toward the left. Ben asked why, and Geoffrey explained the particulars of setting a proper table. He threw in some history and made the whole process sound far more interesting than it really is. The kids loved it.
Bolt Bistro & Bar is on the pricey side ($30 for the prix fixe menu), especially when taking the whole family, but we will go back. The restaurant looks great without being fussy. The servers are professional without being pretentious. And the food… ours was fresh, perfectly prepared and delicious.