Christmas Eve may not be the best night to base a review on, so keep that in mind as you read. The restaurant gets high marks for ambiance--very pretty, and comfortable, even though as first-time diners we were seated in Siberia, the back-back room. Our reservation had been made many, many weeks in advance. The service was flawless: attentive without being obsequious, and very cheerful. Wish I could rave about the food--a pate starter, Dover sole and duck entrees, mixed salads with spiced pear and Roquefort, and Grand Marnier souffle. Pate was grocery-store quality. The Dover sole was not as delicate as I would have expected and had been semi-boned in the kitchen, and the duck was a disaster. It was well cooked, which I do not object to but others might, and coated in a "coffee crust." The crust was literally coffee grounds! I was expecting something along the lines of espresso powder, but no. My dining companion spent the remainder of the evening picking grinds out of her teeth. The much-anticipated GM souffle had no--zero--taste of orange or liqueur, and the creme anglaise with which it was served had no vanilla taste. On the other hand, the drinks were great, and so was the wine by-the-glass. I'd give this place another try on a "regular" night, but I would not go expecting to be bowled over by classic French cuisine.
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