Barberet Bistro and Bakery
I suppose I’ve written about this in other blogs as well, but my wife and I love to get away for date night; typically this takes us out and about Lancaster County. A few weekends ago my wife and I decide to head into Lancaster City, which is a cultural hotspot with many restaurants, galleries, museums, and more. This is one of the reasons that Lancaster City made the top 10 destinations for Forbes in the spring of 2018. We drove into Lancaster City on Prince Street and found a parking lot about a mile away from Lancaster City Square. We then walked up Prince Street, and crossed over to Queen Street thinking we might try the Federal Taphouse, a place that I believe my wife had dined at, but I have never been to. There was about an hour wait, and it was noisier than we were hoping for. While they certainly serve good food there, this was not the atmosphere we were looking for that evening. So we worked our way down to the square of Lancaster. About a half a block from the square, there is a restaurant called Tellus360 and another restaurant called Annie Bailey’s Irish Public House. We thought we might try one of these, being we had not eaten at either of these. Those are you from Lancaster might sit back with shock and wonder that we’ve never been to these places, but we tend to eat out a little bit closer to our house and with kids. What we discovered was a little cute French restaurant right beside Tellus360 called Barberet Bistro and Bakery. And the experience was all sorts of wonderful. In order to get to the restaurant, one has to walk through the bakery, full of tantalizing desserts. It is reminiscent of confectioners in Paris. Once we passed the tempting desserts, we met a welcoming host, who informed us there was immediate seating. That aspect changed in the next 30 minutes as the restaurant became very crowded, but we managed to score two seats right in front of the decorative wine racks. This was not an issue and played into the setting and decor. The room was trimmed out with gorgeous with pictures of Paris and other artful photos on the wall. Occasionally a server would sneak behind me to grab a bottle of Bordeaux. The music was minimal allowing my wife and I to easily have a conversation. The exquisite menu contained all sorts of French foods. Appetizers included Saumon Fume, Terrine de Foie Gras, Beef Tartare, Escargot, and more. We opted for the Assiette Degustation, an artisanal cured meat and selection of local and international cheeses. For their Plat Principal they offered such dishes as Poulet Basquaise, Poisson Du Chef, Moules Frites, Duo of Lamb, and more. While any of these dishes promised deliciousness, we both opted to try the Barberet Burger, made from Ground Domestic Beef, Sauce Bordelaise, gruyère, remoulade and Cornichon. I ordered fries Pommes Frites and she ordered the salad. It seemed funny that we were at a French restaurant ordering a hamburger, but let me tell you, that hamburger was absolutely to die for; in fact, I’ll go on record by saying it is the best hamburger I’ve ever had in Lancaster County. It’s worth noting that this Chef has some serious chops when it comes to the restaurant business. The following is taken from their website: From classic French cuisine to patisserie perfection, Barberet Bistro & Bakery offers a fresh take on brunch, lunch and dinner. Owner,operator and Chef, Cedric Barberet, has over 25 years of professional pastry experience as well as a Master’s Degree in Pastry from Patisserie Chereau in France. Chef Barberet’s experience includes a position as Executive Pastry Chef at Donald Trump’s prestigious Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. While working in Palm Beach in 2005, he spent two months creating Donald Trump’s five-foot high, seven-tier Grand Marnier chiffon wedding cake. Barberet has also worked at the Las Vegas M Resort Casino & Spa with Executive Pastry Chef Jean Claude Canestrier. In 2009, Barberet joined the prestigious team at Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin as the Executive Pastry Chef and most recently served as the Executive Pastry Chef for Buddakan. We left the restaurant passing up desserts even though we should have really left room for them; as I said before the bakery attached to the restaurant looked amazing. One more note, our server checked in with us, making sure that we had everything that we needed. She was attentive, knowledgeable, and polite, but not overbearing. We will definitely be back. We love this place and highly recommend it for anyone looking for a little bit of Paris in the middle of Lancaster County.