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Former Café de Paris Chef to Open New Restaurant

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Former chef and baker at Café de Paris, and Nosara resident since 1998, Fabien Piguet, opened a new restaurant in mid July at the GiardinoTropicale hotel. 

LeBistrot Grill and Pizzeria features simple food made with natural, fresh and flavorful ingredients.  Unique pizzas, grilled meat, changing daily specials and French and Latin American wines will distinguish the restaurant from others in the area,Piguet explained.

“In France, a bistro serves the food of the people.  Simple food. It’s a favorite place where you go to have a drink with your friends and then stay and have grilled steak and fries or a pizza,” Piguet said. 

Piguet is joined by partner Alex Juvet, a friend for 15 years who has cooked at Marlin Bill’s, Lagarta Lodge and Fooney’sat various times.  The two have never worked in the same kitchen but have cooked meals together in their homes.  Juvet and Piguet are both Swiss French but said the point of Le Bistrot is not elaborate French sauces and complicated mixes of flavors. 

They will be serving lamb, buffalo meat, steak, salads, ceviche, vegetarian dishes and pizza regularly. Le Bistrot also will have a revolving menu of daily Mediterranean style specials and gourmet pizzas.   For example one pizza might contain beef carpaccio, arugula and Parmesan cheese, Piguet said. 

Pizzas range from $10–$15. For lunch they are offering “soda prices” of 1800 to 3500 colones for casados, salads, ceviche and simple meat plates.  



Le Bistrot will be open from 11 am to 2 pm and back again from 5 pm to 10 pm daily.

The good:

Experienced chef Fabien Piquet is returning to the restaurant business

The bad:

The restaurant is brand new so it is just getting its menus and processes organized.