Chez Billy Sud
I love France, French food, and any opportunity that allows me to pretend like I'm in Europe. When my office holiday party was planned for the original Chez Billy in Petworth, I was excited to dine like a Parisian, and I have fond memories of the duck confit I enjoyed that evening. When I heard the Hilton brothers newest outpost Chez Billy Sud was opening in the old Cafe La Ruche space in Georgetown, I knew this was a place I was going to enjoy frequenting.
The entrance to this charming neighborhood bistro makes you feel as though you're stepping into someone's home to enjoy a freshly cooked meal. The narrow row house is charming, and filled with French décor including antique mirrors and intricate wall mouldings. The menu is small and focused-- ensuring that each dish is well executed and carefully cooked. I started the evening with a beautiful glass of Provence rosé which paired nicely with the Plat de Fromage my friend and I shared as an appetizer. The plate included a selection of cheeses including a bucheron and a blue, pecan raisin toast, and wildflower honey.
I had trouble picking an entree because so many of them sounded appealing. I was tempted to go back to the duck confit I remembered from my trip to the sister restaurant, I also considered the classic steak frites. Ultimately, I settled on the Truite Grenobloise which is a pan roasted trout with fennel puree, fingerling potatoes, baby carrots, and a lemon-caper brown butter sauce. The fish was plated beautifully, fileted and cooked just right, and the ratio of butter to fish was ideal. It was an excellent dish, and one I will order again in the near future.