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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 dishes on the main menu. The noontime crowd lingers over the five-onion soup, rich and creamy with melted cheese. Another tempting appetizer is the short ribs with cauliflower pâté, an unusual way to launch any meal. Luncheon entrées include a croque monsieur, an all-American hamburger, and a more formal hanger steak with frites. Dinnertime switches out the sandwiches for roast chicken, rabbit Dijonnaise and duck confit. The restaurant offers a short but quite sophisticated wine list with labels primarily from France.