Got in before 6.00pm so it was quite empty for a Thursday evening, just three tables occupied. Not been here in four years, given I've lived out of state for most of that time. The décor has remained unchanged, and I do think now it is dated and time for a face lift, especially for the cow outside. Bottles of unopened wine, not meant for sale, are now half empty due to evaporation I guess, show that it is time for a change. What do other customers think who read and post here?
There is no disputing the quality of food here, and the flavour is second to none. Service is still attentive despite what someone wrote previously. One diner left his Mercedes running for about 20 to 25 minutes, one presumes because he was so hungry and eager t dine! Luckily another diner saved the day by retrieving the keys from the ignition and giving them to an astonished owner!
So to the meal. I opted for the Mussels which I am an avid lover of, but these mussels were strangely tough, I was literally pulling them and twisting the fork. I didn't expect that. Mentioned this to the waiter. My wife went for the snails, and these were adorable. Nothing better than dipping bread into the sauce.
For our main course, my wife ordered fish of the day, but I don't recall what fish it was as it was not declared to her, and despite my tasting it, even I was unsure what fish it was. I went for the New England cod in the paper pouch, and this was delicious, well prepared, cooked, and extremely rich in flavour.
The meal is small but despite that, very rewarding and filling. Yet I cannot help but ponder that when paying $23 plus per plate, how it irks me to see just one potato, two slices of egg plant, one piece of broccoli, on a plate. As it happens, my wife does not eat eggplant. Conversely, many restaurants give you too much vegetables that you can't consume them. However I am thinking I should have that preference than too little. A minor point but worth mentioning.
I did not have a desert and settled for a coffee, but my wife does like crème brulee and had that. I noticed immediately that she took her first scoop, that it was cold, obviously from the fridge, and set hard. Having eaten at Pappadeaux's restaurant last weekend, their crème brulee is much better and served warm.
The wine list is good, but a tad expensive, but that is okay.
Aside of the points I have raised above, this is a wonderful restaurant, it is small and quaint, serves country style food that shames many a restaurant in Houston. For example, I don't like huge warehouse restaurants like Pappadeaux, it's a factory. If you have never been here, you will enjoy the food. I have been here several times in the past, and there has been a full house on the weekends. They can cater for larger groups and Sunday lunches, but why the need for an 18% surcharge for larger groups? This is the land of 10% and 15% tips is it not?
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