We’ll drive a long ways in pursuit of a 1000 extra OpenTable points. This time, we trekked all the way over to the west side of Plano, to Mignon’s on Preston road. They call themselves a "retro French steakhouse," and the atmosphere was interesting.
When we arrived (at 5:00 p.m. on a Sunday evening – admittedly not traditionally the busiest dining time), the place was empty except for the two of us and the staff. That was okay; we had no trouble getting a good table. There is a patio overlooking the pond, but out of respect for the heat wave, we stayed indoors where it’s nicely air conditioned. Perhaps we’ll make another visit in October and try out the patio.
The waiter was friendly (not a stuff Frenchman at all) and despite the name, there was plenty on the menu besides steak – to my relief, since I don’t eat beef. In fact, there were so many yummy-sounding appetizers and entrees that I had difficulty making up my mind. I was mightily tempted by the lump crab cake, seared diver scallops, Australian lobster tail and even the pan roasted chicken.
When in doubt, I tend to go with the tried and true, so I ordered the calamari as my appetizer. It was crispy and the squid wasn’t in the least rubbery, and it came with a tomato ragout that gave it a different taste. The portion wasn’t huge, but it was more than enough for an appetizer.
Tom got really adventurous, and went for the goat cheese gnocchi, which he had to ask the waiter how to pronounce. I didn’t try it, but he said it was good.
My entree, though, was really outstanding. I decided on the Chilean Sea Bass, and it was cooked just right – so flaky that it fell apart when you touched it with the fork, and it seemed to melt in my mouth. Sea Bass is usually good, but some is better than others and this was one of the best I’ve had in a long while.
Once again, the portion wasn’t huge but that’s actually a good thing. Usually when we eat out, I end up so full that I’m uncomfortable. This meal was filling, but I didn’t come away from it with that stuffed feeling.
Tom’s entree was a ribeye (he does like steak) with "adult" mac & cheese. Judging by the speed and gusto with which he finished it off, I think it must have hit the spot.
All in all, it was a nice dining experience. Prices are not cheap (entrees in the $25-40 range) but both the food and the service were on par with other restaurants in this price range. And we got the 1000 points, to boot.