Most modern cuisine is a continuation of classic dishes, just as a computer is a slightly modified typewriter and a washing machine is a river in a box. Revel in culinary advancement with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary French cuisine at Le Vieux Logis in Bethesda.
A vanguard of elegant, sit-down dining praised by The Washington Post and Washingtonian, Le Vieux Logis (“The Old Lodge”) charms customers’ taste buds and hearts with delicate French dishes served in an intimate and rustic atmosphere. Appetizers such as baked oysters with champagne sauce and caviar ($17.75) transport gastronomers to the Old France of Manet and Monet, when ladies lunched on the grass and men wore pointillised top hats. For when palates are prepped, the chefs create simple yet enticing entrees, dusting flounder with panko and horseradish sauce ($27) and sweetening a crispy, roasted duck with Grand Mariner with orange zest ($32). The garden veggie burger ($16) caters to herbivores and is cut from portobello mushrooms and roasted-red-pepper coulis.
As patrons savor the savvy selection of flavors before them, they may enjoy the restaurant’s well-crafted ambiance, awarded Bethesda’s Beauty Spot award for its garden-like flair, murals, and gentle air circulation that gives permission to customers to fly kites while dining.
Le Vieux Logis
It's fitting that Christian Gautrois and his wife Christa purchased a French restaurant whose name translates to "the old lodge." After all, Christian, who also serves as the eatery's chef, was born in Champagne and learned to cook in Paris before moving to the DC area. Together, the pair brings an Old World ambiance and classic French fare to Bethesda's Le Vieux Logis.
Terra-cotta shingles, dark-wood shutters, and a hand-painted mural of the French countryside make up the quaint cottage exterior. This rustic theme extends to the interior, which features plush banquettes that sit along walls adorned with Renoir prints and copper knickknacks.
Lauded by the Washington Post's food critic Tom Sietsema, the menu at Le Vieux Logis is filled with dishes that exemplify traditional French cooking.
- Onion soup Les Halles: The soup's thick, rich beef broth is filled with soft onions and topped with gruyère.
- Salade frissée aux lardons: Crunchy applewood-smoked bacon, a poached egg, and garlic croutons make up this colorful bistro salad.
- Cuisse de canard confite à l'orange: Crispy moulard duck-leg confit in an orange sauce pairs with roasted fingerling potatoes, braised red cabbage, and apples.