Sitting in Pescadou Bistro and gazing out of the window at Newport Boulevard and City Hall doesn't really transport you to France, but as soon as you taste the food, memories of a delicious meal in a charming bistro in some small Gallic village immediately come to mind.
The interior of this pleasant, comfortable room has mustardy stucco walls accented with copper pots, arches dividing the two dining areas, banquettes lining the room and crisp white linens. Much to our delight, it is a room with good acoustics, making for easy conversation, which also evokes France: long dinners, lots of wine and lots of talk.
Chef Jacques de Quillien and his wife, Olga, took over the restaurant from her brother in 2002, and he has created a menu that includes an array of traditional French regional dishes.
The prix-fixe menu is a classic bistro standard. Here, it's called the "blackboard menu," and you can choose a two-course dinner for $24 with soup or salad and the chef's special or fish of the day, or a three-course dinner with the addition of a selection from three desserts or cheese.