Mike Berman’s Washington Watch

September 25, 2012 10:56 AM

Restaurant: Michel's Christiania Restaurant and Bar

Michel’s Christiania Restaurant and Bar

303 Walnut Avenue
Ketchum, Idaho
This restaurant has three distinct areas. As you enter, the first area is a lounge and bar area where food is also served. You then walk down 3 steps to an indoor eating area, and then on through to a delightful patio. The night we there we were too late in making our reservation to be able to eat on the patio.

There is a full menu, plus nightly specials which the serving person was able to fully describe.

We both had gazpacho, which was the soup of the day, followed by sharing an endive and radicchio salad with blue cheese, walnuts, and small roasted pears with Balsamic vinaigrette.

Debbie had the Idaho ruby roast filet with parsley, finished with a touch of butter. I selected halibut in a sage sauce with broiled tomatoes. Both fishes were accompanied by couscous and fine green beans. For dessert, we savored profiteroles rolls, with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce, and an excellent mango sorbet.

Service was up to par. Reservations are a necessity in season.

The men’s room is down a steep flight of stairs in the basement. The door to the men’s room is adorned with a brightly painted picture of a country Frenchman.

To the left as you enter are two wall hung urinals separated by a partial wall. Next to them is a commode stall with a wall and door that do not hit floor or ceiling. I could see the shoes of the person using the commode at the time I entered.

Across from the commode and urinals are two white, ceramic, square washbasins with a tall thick wall between them that comes out about a foot from the wall. The floor is covered with mid-sized whitish tiles and the walls are painted a light color. There is a large mirror above the washbasins. There are a number of poster like pictures hanging on the side wall of the room.

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