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Lavendou: A Little Provence in North Dallas

08.21.2014 by: Natalie Lomont
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Strolling through a charming European village during your retreat to the French countryside, you spot an inviting restaurant with a lovely patio and friendly wait staff.  If that sounds like your kind of day dream, then  Lavendou Bistro Provençal  is your kind of place.

The lovely patio sets the tone from the first look.

{Photo courtesy of Lavendou's Facebook Page}

The interior exudes French charm.

{Photo courtesy of Lavendou's Facebook Page}

The combination of exposed brick, bright pops of color, simple and warm décor, and relaxed elegance bring the feel of Southern France to North Dallas. When you add the flavorful French Provençal cuisine and a French-speaking waiter {don’t worry – he spoke English as well}, you’ll have to remind yourself that you’re still in Dallas. Lavendou is one of those few magical places that bring a truly unique experience to city diners.

As expected, the meal begins with warm, crusty bread served alongside creamy butter and tasty olive oil with herbs. Order some French wine and begin the wonderful experience.

Complimentary bread, butter, and olive oil

The menu is an ideal size, offering a variety of selections without being overwhelming. Choose from soups, salads, and other appetizers to precede your entree. We loved both of our choices, but the smoked salmon was outstanding.

Saumon Fumé de la Maison (Chef's House Smoked Salmon)

{Photo courtesy of Lavendou's Facebook Page}

Escargots à la Bourguignonne (Snails with Garlic, Butter and Parsley)

A variety of authentically French entrees are available to satisfy every eater, including fresh seafood, beef, lamb, duck, chicken, and vegetarian dishes.

Canard Rôti au Cassis (Roasted Duck With Cassis Sauce Served with Wild Rice)

Entrecôte Grillée des Halles (Grilled Ribeye with Merlot Butter Served with Pommes Frites)

Though the french fries are not pictured here, they were delicious and served as a satisfyingly rich complement to the juicy, well-seasoned steak.

If you want a soufflé, be sure to order in advance. Not a soufflé person? Indulge on one of many sweet alternatives. From seasonal apple tarts to creme brulee infused with lavender, plenty of French classics spur temptation. Chocolate lovers will find joy in multiple options, including the mouthwatering dish below.

Profiteroles au Chocolat (Ice Cream Filled Puffs with Chocolate Sauce)

{Photo courtesy of Lavendou's Facebook Page}

A fabulous choice for a romantic night, Lavendou also offers the not-so-common option of High Tea. Gather the ladies and rendezvous for finger sandwiches, mini pastry plates, tea breads, scones, cream, butter, jam, and your choice of tea for $17.95. Because everything is made fresh-to-order, reservations are required for High Tea, available from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Lunch is also served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The restaurant is closed on Sundays, so plan your visit for Monday through Saturday. Bon appétit, mes amis!

Lavendou Official Website

TAGS : Far North Dallas/Addison , Lavendou Bistro Provencal