7610 Harwood Ave.
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. until 10 p.m., Le Reve -- co-owned by Therese Hittman, Bryan Phylips and Andy Schneider, who has worked at numerous local restaurants including Sanford, Coquette Cafe and Blue Agave -- serves pastries, sandwiches, salads, crepes and coffee.
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Le Reve Patisserie & Caf, in English, The Dream Patisserie & Coffee, is a fairly new addition to the Wauwatosa dining area. The French fare from Le Reve has been more than successful in the village. The Fare is reasonably priced and a great place to dine for any occasion. Located just off State Street, Le Reve has brought new restaurants to the area, and new hope that the Village in Wauwatosa can be even more beautiful. I was lucky enough to have worked within the restaurant and see the culinary genius taking place. The menu was limited at first, which understandably so, in the restaurant industry is a smart move. The statistic is that for every 2 restaurants built, 1 fails. That statistic is scary, and the business ideals involved in making sure this isn't you has to be advanced. Le Reve did exactly that with their business, they thought ahead. When their restaurant opened, and the doors were flooded with people, the menu started to grow. Today, the menu holds breakfast crepes, savory lunch and dinner crepes, delicious sandwich choices, perfectly designed salads, appetizers, entres and choices ala carte. Their wine and beer menu have also grown extensively. Le Rve's ambiance changes from visit to visit. This is because the windows located at the front of the restaurant truly offer the feeling that you are always dining outside. They have a large influence on the feel of the restaurant, and offer plenty of natural light. When the owners started to restore the building in which Le Reve now resides, they came to find out that it was nearly 100 years old. With that came high ceilings, exposed brick, beautiful crown molding and wood flooring. Their dcor matches the traditional caf style. Some artwork matches the Fare, where as some artwork doesn't seem to match (such as the series of dogs on the wall placed in the hallway on your way to the restroom). But, their decor remains modern overall. It can feel a little awkward at times when you are seated in the restaurant as well. The tables are small and very close to one another, and there is what seems to be an infinite amount of space working upward. This doesn?t help the noise level when the restaurant is full. Also, the temperature is hard to control in the restaurant and sometimes if you are sitting for a while, you may find yourself too warm or too cold. Le Rve offers a lot to their guests. Having been a worker, as well as a guest I am quite pleased. Unfortunately as of late, I have noticed a little bit of inconsistency with some of my favorites, such as the 'to die for' French fries and Aioli. The last few times I have dined the Aioli has held a very different flavor and consistency. Okay big deal it's Aioli, but for as much as I love it, it is disappointing. Also, I have noticed that their desserts have grown smaller in size, but price has stayed the same, and even grown. I understand that there are tough times today, but remembering that your guests are squeezing their pocket to enjoy their meal at your restaurant isn't anything to forget. Respect for guests and employees is a true key in running a succesful business. I think Le Reve has conqured most of that feat, with maybe a little work left along the way. My favorite dishes that I always recommend are; The Bistro Salad is beautifully tossed with fresh fruit, Roquefort Cheese (a more stinky blue cheese) toasted walnuts, and balsamic vinaigrette. Its simplicity is astonishing. It takes the flavors of each ingredient and combines them graciously. The salad is a great price, $7.25 and, enough for an entre. The Beet Salad is not anything complicated. With Beets, Chevre Cheese (similar to a parmesan cheese), toasted Pecans, and balsamic vinaigrette, it is another great salad choice, with the same price of the Bistro salad. It is enough for an entre size salad. $7.25 The 'Confit de Canard' Crepe is a recent addition to the menu. Duck Confit, Goat Cheese, Caramelized onions, and a port wine reduction sauce, it is a crepe fit for a king (or queen). It?s balance of the mouth watering duck confit (confit is anything cooked in its own fat), and splash of caramelized onions, this one will keep you wanting more when you are done. For a great price of $9.50, you cannot go wrong. This is a great size for lunch and/or dinner portions. It comes with a small salad covering the two halves of the crepes, with the delicious house salad dressing. (Dijon Vinaigrette) The 'Filet de Boeuf' is a truly decadent sandwich. The sandwich contains Beef Tenderloin, Cambazola Cheese, Caramelized onions, Black Pepper Aioli all served on one of their delicious baguettes. It comes with your choice of pommes frites or a petit green salad. If you do not like the Cambazola (again, more stinky blue cheese) you can always replace it with their Brie Cheese for a slight up charge, a great lunch/dinner portion for only $9.25. The best mussels in Milwaukee can be found at Le Reve. With their 'Moules Frites au Pernod', or, Mussels with Fries and Pernod, (Pernod is a licorice-flavored liqueur available in most wine and spirits shops) steamed with a cream sauce, this is truly a great appetizer to start off the meal with. The French fries are smothered in the sauce, and can also be dipped in their aioli. The Mussels are perfectly steamed with just the right amount of flavor. They are reasonably priced, and can be shared with up to 3-4 people depending on how hungry you are. Definitely go for the Mussels, $10.75. The 'Tarte de Canard' is a Pan Seared Duck Breast sliced over a Chevre tart drizzled with an Orange and Grilled Onion Vinaigrette. This entre is a true delight for me. It is not easy to find well-prepared duck, especially with the amount of flavor this dish encompasses. For, $19.95, it is one of my top choices for an entree. To finish, I am a frequent diner in Le Reve. I enjoy a mid afternoon Chai Tea, or a delicious 'Filet De Beouf' with a petit green salad for a quick to go lunch. With the knowledge of this restaurant inside and out I give it a true cheers. With practically everything made in house, besides their baguettes (they get them from a bakery in New York), they truly have passed the test. Their food is amazing, and their service is up to par. See this review and others at www.thefoodfighter.webs.com
Posted by mt on April 29, 2009 at 3:53 p.m. (report)
Absolutely LOVE this place. It's great for lunch and even kid friendly (at least for a 4 & 6 year old...). I have had the warm beet salad, the salmon and the quiche - all fabulous.
Good looking restaurant and a great addition to Wauwatosa Village. For classical French bistro cuisine this is the place I would go. Beet salad, steamed mussels in shallot white wine sauce and croque monsiure are a must have.