August 6, 2008 > Restaurant Review: Nouvelle Bistro
Restaurant Review: Nouvelle Bistro
It just takes one visit to be captured. Nouvelle Bistro's blend of sophistication and casual elegance combines to create an ambiance that is simply irresistible. Banquet Coordinator Kenny Lam confirms that customers are "captured" by the unique restaurant design, excellent service, superb presentation and fine food, a blend of cultural style called "Asian Fusion Cuisine."
Since opening several years ago, Nouvelle Bistro has gained popularity and firmly established a reputation for fine dining and consistency in a friendly atmosphere. Lam describes menu offerings as "contemporary Asian cuisine, not traditional Chinese food." He notes that food preparation and presentation is influenced by a California style and French influence.
The ambiance is definitely upscale but diners find the relaxed ambiance conducive to both formal and casual attire. "While we are a white tablecloth restaurant, Nouvelle Bistro is geared toward the comfort of our guests," said Lam. "We try to set an atmosphere and mood that can accommodate a business meeting, relaxed meal or a formal occasion." Every Friday night, a live jazz band, "The Jazz Factory" adds a special touch to dining with its smooth, contemporary sounds.
Nouvelle Bistro is designed to create several different zones including comfortable booths, tables and a small bar area that creates a sense of privacy and intimacy. There is even a small private dining room available for those who prefer a more secluded experience. Business meetings and special events can be accommodated in a separate dining room equipped with projection equipment and room for small gatherings. This private dining area has a capacity of 44 guests and is often used for small business meetings, birthday parties, graduation parties and anniversaries.
Although table settings are primarily for intimate seating of two or four persons, Nouvelle Bistro can accommodate larger parties. Lam noted that it is advisable to call ahead when a large number of guests request seating as a group so tables can be arranged in an appropriate manner. There is no separate children's menu at Nouvelle Bistro but families are welcome. "Kids of all ages enjoy our food as well," said Lam.
Menu choices are varied, suitable for any palate including vegetarian, even vegan preferences. Among the most popular choices are steamed Chilean Sea Bass and lamb chops. "I usually recommend lamb chops for those who ask and I haven't gone wrong yet." Prices are moderate, especially considering the service and ambiance more reminiscent of restaurant row fare in cosmopolitan settings. The tempo of lunch hours - an hour break from the workplace - is a bit more hurried than evenings when the pace slows considerably. "We recommend at least an hour and a half; we don't like to rush anything so guests can take their time and enjoy a cocktail before dinner, wine accompanying the meal or coffee and a late dessert to complete their Nouvelle Bistro experience."
Nouvelle Bistro can be the highlight of a leisurely evening. Those looking for an atmosphere of intimacy, superb service and well-prepared fare served with flair will find this restaurant ready to satisfy even the most discriminating critic. For residents of the Greater Tri-City area looking for relief from expensive, long journeys to find fine dining, Nouvelle Bistro offers a refreshing and welcome change.
43543 Mission Blvd, Fremont
(across the street from Ohlone College)
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. daily
Dinner: 5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Sunday - Thursday
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday
Live Jazz on Friday nights