Located on north Union St in Lambertville its façade is a reserved blue color with no sign jutting out perpendicular to the building and we walked past it twice without realizing it was there. However, our efforts were rewarded when we walked into their only dining room (dimly lit and with a Van Gogh Starry Night painted ceiling) and we comfortably seated near the kitchen. Warning, if there are only two of you their best two-person tables are either by the front window looking out onto the sidewalk or by the kitchen. The rest are intermingled with other tables and appeared tight to us. Chris, our server (and the only server that Sunday evening) was very cordial and accommodating. He had approximately four other tables and handled all of them well.
We both had lobster bisque and were surprised when it arrived as it did not fit the typical creamy and thick style we were used to. Even the first taste seemed off but as we dove into it its thin consistency and delicate taste was satisfying. Incidentally, their fresh bread complemented the soup very well.
I ordered the duck and it was plentiful as well as very tasty with it delicately prepared orange sauce. It was accompanied with delicately sliced scallop potatoes that were nicely stacked don the dish and the pea shoots were very tasty.
My wife took the steak au poise and it was delightful and rich tasting.
Coffee and sorbet followed and we ended the evening with the rest of our wine (it is BYOB).
We met briefly with Jean Michel Dumas, owner and sole chef, and got a quick overview of the part of France that he came form.
I am very critical of French restaurants in the US but must say Manon is one I would return to.
Hint, reserve early and if you're a couple ask fro the window table.
Also bring cash; they do not accept credit cards.
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