Went here for my birthday dinner on the Friday before Labor Day, and it was a wonderful experience. I'm not sure how busy this place gets on a normal weekend, but because it was Labor Day weekend, I'm going to assume that it was emptier than normal. We had reservations for two at 8pm, but we could've easily sat down at any number of tables inside or outside. We chose the outside. It was beautiful night out, and we got a little section of the patio all to ourselves since the place wasn't that crowded.
The service was excellent. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable about the menu, the specials, and the drinks, and she was able to answer all of our questions effortlessly.
The food was very good. We were treated to an amuse-bouche, which tonight was a small pastry filled with warm gruyere. That was followed by the fresh, house-baked bread, which is one of the better breads I've had. For an appetizer, we started with the escargot. It was so delicious, and we found ourselves dipping the bread into the oil.
For entrees, we had the steak au poivre with a cognac-based glaze & she had the Daube Provencal, which was Provencal-style braised beef. The steak au poivre was excellent, and I could definitely taste the hint of cognac. It's something I had never had, so it was interesting and very good. The Daube was also good, though I definitely preferred my steak.
For dessert, be sure to get the Mille Feuille aux Framboises. It's a caramelized puff pastry with vanilla pastry cream & raspberries. It's not what you expect from a puff pastry, and apparently it's the staff's favorite dessert. It was an excellent recommendation.
To close out the night, the staff brought out a plate with some chocolate truffles & "Happy Birthday" drizzled in chocolate. It was a nice end to the evening.
The drinks were awesome. Try the Aviation & the Boulevard St. Germain.
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