Plae Bistro [Asiago Chicken Pannini]
One thing is obvious, Green Bay is known for its football team. But I am starting to see a pattern in the restaurants here as well. They all rock. Lately we have been in Green Bay on Tuesday evenings and often find ourselves asking people for restaurant suggestions. So far every recommendation has been great and Tuesday night’s recommendation was no different. We tried out Plae Bistro on the south side of Green Bay.
Modern, Chic Atmosphere
The atmosphere was pretty incredible. It was on the darker side, but the lighting was striking and illuminated the room just perfectly. There were mirrors along one side of the dining room, as well as a large booth along the same side. There was a small bar towards the back of the dining area and the ceilings must have been 30 feet high. The atmosphere matched the menu perfectly. Some of the appetizers on the menu included Spinach & Artichoke Dip, Ahi Tuna Bites, Brushetta, and Pecan Encrusted Scallops, all of which were in the $10 – $15 range. Cajun Shrimp & Andouille Sausage Pasta, Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin and Pan-Seared Duck were all just a few of the entrees offered, which ranged from $15-25 a plate.
Fresh Bread & Oil
I decided on the Asiago Chicken Panini, which was grilled chicken breast, spinach, tomato, asiago cheese, and garlic mayo served on tomato focassia bread. It also came with the choice of cottage cheese, pasta salad, chips & salsa, or a mixed greens salad. Shortly after the waitress took our order she came back with bread, dipping oil, and olive tapanade. The service here at Plae’s was unforgettable, in a good way. They were very attentive and a staff member was constantly within a short distance, filling up waters and ensuring guest satisfaction. It was the best service I have had at a restaurant in a long time.
By the time the bread and oil were finished, the waitress was bringing out our food. The chicken in the panini tasted like it came of a backyard barbecue. It was charred wonderfully and went well with the focassia bread and other additional toppings, including the robust garlic mayo. The pasta salad side I decided on was in some type of sweet vinaigrette, which was a nice change from the typical mayo based pasta salads. It was a satisfying sandwich and I will definitely be back. Maybe next time to try some of the appetizers along with a glass of wine or two.
1671 Hoffman Road
Bellevue, WI 54311