I dined at Ave Maria with my daughter who is in her early twenties. I was the oldest diner by at least 25 years. This is a very lively, hip (not hipster) place. The music, a melange of Brazilian and contemporary Latin, really adds to the ambience. The decor is a whimsical and curious blend of various world cultures. I loved it. The physical space of the restaurant is very intimate, with diners seated together at wooden tables with benches or chairs. We shared a table with a couple out on a date. They didn't seem to mind. The food is really very, very good, and the portions are enormous. I ordered a fish dish that came with rice, a salad with an amazing dressing, and "chips." It was far more than I was able to eat, but it was certainly delicious! For dessert, my daughter and I shared a truly decadent chocolate cake. Again, the portion was large enough for three or four people.
The service was just fine. Friendly, if a bit hurried and harried. Given the number of diners, the small space, and the limited waitstaff, I was impressed with our server's ability to be cordial and efficient. No time for chit chat here!
The location is a bit off the beaten track, but that adds to the appeal and experience. A different Parisian experience, for sure!
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