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Bistro Vivant Restaurant Review: A more casual sibling of Assaggi Osteria, maybe two blocks away in McLean, Bistro Vivant attracts a solidly food-savvy crowd, who frequent this place for the ever-changing daily specials and the core offerings on the main menu. A new chef and a revised menu equal an updated look, and the focus has shifted from an all-French array of dishes to upscale American with French overtones, as in a succulent leg of lamb at dinner, served with a scoop or two of flageolet and other beans. Start the meal with beef tartare or the onion soup, a classic filled with melting cheese. And add on seared foie gras presented atop a bed of sweetened Marcona almond crumbles. Wild salmon with a parsnip purée or Canadian lobster with roasted winter squash share the limelight as well. Ask to see the aforementioned specials menu, for there you might find lamb meatballs or duck breast or the French classic coq au vin. For lunch, the menu still highlights informal fare, such as lobster pasta, a bistro burger with aged cheddar, and the beloved hanger steak with fries and a butter sauce. Ask about the extensive wine selection and choose something to pair with your meal.