Bibou: Tale of the Tape
Bibou, the storefront French BYOB near the Italian Market has created substantial buzz the old fashioned way, culinary pedigree. Here’s the tale of the tape.
- Tiny storefront on South 8th Street near the Italian Market.
- Used to be home to another French BYOB, David Ansill’s Pif.
- Hardwood floors, blonde chairs and white tablecloths set in a peach and charcoal accented room.
- Capacity for 30.
- Pierre Calmels and his wife Charlotte.
- Pierre Calmels was Le Bec-Fin’s Executive Chef for five years.
- French born and trained.
- First US job was at Daniel in New York.
- Met his wife in Switzerland.
- She joined him in United States, working at Brasserie Perrier, Restaurant School, Patou and Bistro St. Tropez.
- Traditional French menu with an emphasis on freshness.
- Prices range from $7 for soup to $26 for hanger steak with shallot and red wine sauce.
- Highlights include:
- Escargots with fava beans and mushrooms, flavored with tarragon
- Pan-seared foie gras with roasted mango, Port wine and cassis reduction
- Braised pig feet stuffed with foie gra, green lentils
- Duck magret “Tournedos” style, sauteed arugula, gratin Dauphinois, honey and lavender sauce.
1009 S 8th St