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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cassis Bistro Restaurant Review

: A cosmopolitan Capitol Hill crowd loves this casually elegant Parisian-style bistro. The small, votive-lit dining room, handsomely partitioned with dark wood and etched glass into snug nooks decorated with beveled mirrors and vintage sconces, fills up fast and can get a bit noisy for such an intimate space. A small corner bar handles the overflow. Simplicity is the hallmark of the best dishes here. We love the classic frisée salad, perfection itself, dressed with bacon vinaigrette and a poached egg, and the Niçoise salad is likewise delightful. Still more country French standards appear on the Sunday through Thursday special selections, which include sweetbreads, cassoulet, and coq au vin, though both the dinner menu and bargain prix-fixe menus change, in some measure, monthly. If your entrée doesn't come with frites, consider a side order---they're that good. Bearing a few unmitigated delights, the wine list complements the overwhelmingly traditional menu (look for specials early in the week), and even the house selections are above average, but you should consider plunging into your evening with a finely crafted cocktail. The classy end-of-the-meal roster may include a vivid lemon tart, beautifully burnished tarte Tatin, profiteroles or a crisp, creamy Napoleon: sweets are a sweet ending indeed, but for a welcome change, we like to finish with a selection of five cheeses, accompanied by a glass of port. We only wish the chairs were a bit more comfortable, to make lingering and sipping that much more appealing.

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