“About 60 to 70 percent of the menu comes from the previous menus, which go back 30 years, even before Ken. We added the rack of lamb, and a pork dish that’s off the menu right now, and we run weekend specials. We like to keep the nuts and bolts of the menu and do creative things on the weekends, when we know the crowds are going to be a little fuller.”
The Sjostrands quickly learned, once they settled in, that in its final years Chez Loma had problems with both food and service, which they took steps to correct. “Our staff is all new, and our quality control is good,” says Carolyn. “We make the dishes correctly, and we make them more often. The desserts are made four days a week now. I heard that for a while they were just awful. We get our seafood in four to five times a week. We don’t order in huge quantities. Same with produce, we get it in five to six days a week. We’ll just 86 anything that’s not up to par. We’d rather tell you we don’t have it than to have you get it and not like it.”
Chez Loma French Bistro
*** (Very Good)
1132 Loma Avenue (at Orange Avenue), Coronado, 619-435-0661, chezloma.com
HOURS: Tuesday–Sunday, 5:00–to about 9:30 p.m.
PRICES: Soups and salads, $8–10; appetizers, $12–15; entrées, $23–$36; desserts, $7–13. Early-bird three-course prix fixe (5:00–6:00 p.m. and all night Tuesdays), $25; other three-course prix-fixe menus, $38 and $45.
CUISINE AND BEVERAGES: Classic French bourgeois cuisine, including authentic, non-clichéd bistro choices. Adventurous wine list at modest markups, with strength in regional French bottlings at all price ranges; plenty by the glass, plus interesting flights. Full bar.
PICK HITS: Normandy-style onion soup; roast duck; salmon with horseradish crust; sirloin steak; gingerbread.
NEED TO KNOW: Reservations urged, especially Tuesdays and weekends. Half-price wines (on bottles under $90) on Wednesdays. Quiet atmosphere, dressy-casual. Ground-floor dining room is wheelchair accessible, specify when reserving. No serious vegetarian options.