Posted 02 February 2011 - 10:04 PM
We went for our first time this evening, a Wednesday. No reservations. Got there at 6:15 and were lucky to be seated. There were two large parties waiting to be seated and some others who had reservations, I guess. I would reserve a table next time.
It IS small and loud. You ARE close to your neighbors. But the service was very good. Our waiter gave us good suggestions for dessert (a rum-soaked baba with roasted pineapple and creme fraiche).
The menu was larger than we expected. The tasting menu (4 courses for $68) was tempting. Chestnut soup, scallops, squab, and a crepe for dessert. Both of us would have had to get it. I would try it another night. Wasn't ready for it tonight.
There must have been over a dozen specials of the day. From that list of specials we had an appetizer of foie gras, which was delicious if a bit pricey at $26. Came with marinated plums in some kind of wine reduction. Outstanding! I expected the plums to be tart but they were sweet. Other specials included veal chop, rack of lamb, duck confit, boudin blanc, escargot, lobster bisque. Others I can't remember.
The regular menu had several fish dishes: whole branzino, roasted Dorade, grilled salmon, roasted monkfish with lentils, sea bass, bouillabaisse. Meat choices included hangar steak, NY strip, roast chicken. My wife had the monkfish and I had the Dorade, which came with a wonderful potato gratin dish with parmesan cheese, toasted well on the exterior. That was probably the best part of my entree. I don't know how it would compare with the potato dish mentioned upthread from the chef's previous restaurant, but I think I would try potato dishes here again. Didn't notice if potato was on the list of vegetable side dishes you could choose for sharing family style. Wish I could do that potato dish justice in my description!
I hope this place does well!