Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Despite its position in a strip mall, the restaurant does its best to look as sophisticated as its food. Its small, bright red interior features a canopy-covered window to the kitchen, framed photographs of French scenes, and a large mural of a Parisian street surrounding tight clusters of shiny-topped tables. The front patio, with its bright, bug-seducing lights, view of the parking lot, and sounds of military jets flying overhead from Luke Air Force Base, is far less successful.

But if there's one thing that will yank you out of your French bistro bubble, it's the service. Forgetful, disorganized, and sloppy, servers seem naive to the fact that the last thing diners want to feel is their stress levels. The lack of professionalism may be forgivable, maybe, when accompanied with a "Creamy Cajun Steak and Shrimp" at the Applebee's a few blocks away, but not over a $27 plate of braised short ribs at a restaurant whose French-trained chefs easily could set up shop in Arcadia or Old Town Scottsdale.

The seasonal menu of exquisite country-French bistro fare also includes a few stellar specials.
Jackie Mercandetti
The seasonal menu of exquisite country-French bistro fare also includes a few stellar specials.

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Amuse Bouche Gourmet Bistro & Catering

17058 W. Bell Road
Surprise, AZ 85388

Category: Restaurant > Bistro

Region: Surprise

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Amuse Bouche
17058 West Bell Road, Surprise
623-322-8881
www.amusebouche.biz
Hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch) and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. (dinner) Tuesday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday (breakfast)

Pate de foi de volaille: $9
Parisian baguette sandwich: $10.99
Berkshire pork chop: $25
Dark chocolate pot de creme: $7

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5 comments
Hungry.
Hungry.

Going to Surprise is cheaper than going to Paris.

Wait until June when the Snowbirds are gone and the crowds subside. Make a reservation and you will be pleasantly Surprised!

naoma4man
naoma4man

Thanks for the review, but I shall give it a miss.  Going to Paris for a few months where the food is French and the waiters are, well, French waiters.  

Hungry.
Hungry.

Going to Surprise is cheaper than going to Paris. Wait until July when the Snowbirds lAre gone and the crowds subside. Make a reservation and you will be very pleasantly Surprised.

naoma4man
naoma4man

@Hungry.  Thanks for the info.  But, I got to Paris every year to live for 3 or so months.  The food there is really French -- not too much into French food, except for the pastries and croissants and bread.  Light eater.

kierstins
kierstins

That was funny...thanks for the nice review...you're not the only one thst wishes we had an Amuse2 on the east side :-)

 
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