This location is now closed!
An absolutely gorgeous building situated in the middle of an ugly and rather boring suburban strip mall with panoramic windows facing a Cub Foods. On the outside you are nearly blinded by the sodium lights glaring off of the brand-new copper plated building. Once you step inside you immediately notice all the work that went into making you feel seasick and as if you were stuck in a four-day-long acid trip.
When I called the Copper Bleu this morning at 11 AM to make reservations for 7 PM I was told that currently they are only allowing one reservation per fifteen minutes. Because of this limitation they were completely booked. The kind woman on the other end of the phone assured me that we would have absolutely no problems getting a table at 7 PM.
Aaron stopped off at the house first and we all went over together. We arrived at about 7:10 PM and were welcomed with a 20 to 30 minute wait. I ordered a beer while we waited and was served with one of the most poorly poured Guinesses ever. Quite disappointing. Fortunately for this brand new restaurant, that’s where my disappointment stopped.
About half-way through my Guinness our space-aged buzzer went off and we were quickly seated in a booth along the wall. We were lucky, I must admit, as the seating elsewhere in the restaurant was a bit closed in and I would have felt like I was eating with those directly next to me.
Our waitress was very knowledgeable and comfortable with the menu, taking our order, and serving us properly. It’s rare to find a new restaurant that has competent staff and we were very pleased that the Copper Bleu had some excellent wait staff members.
Aaron ordered a bottle of Echelon 2004 Pinot Noir and coconut shrimp. Kim and I ordered bacon wrapped sea scallops with an apricot chutney. Our appetizers came out with an excellent bread selection and after our wine. The wine was good IMHO but Aaron wasn’t quite as impressed. The coconut shrimp were absolutely huge (prawn sized) and had a tasty and crunchy coconut shell. The bacon wrapped sea scallops were tender, not fishy at all, no grit, and with the spicy and sweet chutney were probably some of the most excellent scallops I’ve ever tasted.
For dinner I ordered the tuna steak, Kim chose the pecan encrusted walleye, and Aaron nabbed a chicken sandwich with fries. Our orders came out soon after we finished up scraping the appetizer plates and we dove in.
My tuna steak was served with an awesome wasabi sauce that was presented very well. I’m not sure what the “vegetables” were but they weren’t all that great. I tried to choke them down but I ended up leaving about 20% of them on the plate. If you go w/the tuna steak find a different side, seriously.
Kim’s pecan encrusted walleye was very good. It came with a sweet maple sauce that complemented the flavors well. She polished it off quickly and without too much complaining ;)
Aaron’s sandwich was enormous and he cut it in half and wasn’t able to finish it off. His excuse was that he wanted to save room for dessert, I couldn’t blame him :)
After finishing off our wine and wiping down our plates with the leftover bread I ordered a coffee and cream and we put in our orders for desserts. Kim ordered the strawberry fondue, I went with the crème brule chocolat (vanilla bean custard on a layer ganache with a caramelized sugar crust), Aaron chose the fallen chocolate soufflé. The desserts were fantastic! I enjoyed mine but I enjoyed sneaking some of Kim’s chocolate covered strawberries more ;)
So, while this restaurant has gotten a *ton* of hype over its high cost ($5+ million dollars), it’s poor location in the middle of no-where Lakeville, and its name — derived from “market research” that determined that the name Copper Bleu appealed to women; I must say that tonight, the Copper Bleu’s food, staff, and ambiance really deserves my thumbs up!
If you’re looking for what some would consider a higher-end meal ($141 tonight) with some interesting dishes and great desserts served by knowledgeable and friendly staff in a gorgeous facility, then check out the Copper Bleu in Lakeville, MN.
See Aaron’s post about the Copper Bleu.
See all the pictures from today here.