My friend and I decided to try this restaurant after seeing the macaroni gratin featured on Food Network's "The Best Thing I Ever Ate." On our first visit, we went at 5:30 p.m. on a Sunday so that we could take advantage of the prix fixe menu (3 courses for $25). My friend raved about the complimentary tapenade and the salmon-lentil entree and the chocolate mousse; I enjoyed my pate and macaroni (and likewise ordered the mousse). The staff got off to a slow start (they were still sorting out table assignments at 5:45 p.m.) but the servers themselves were great -- non-intrusive but watchful.
We decided to go back the following Sunday -- while we were unable to get an early reservation, we decided it was where we wanted to eat anyway. This time we split an order of escargot and a bottle of Belgian beer; my companion also ordered a glass of sparkling rosé and I had decaf coffee with my lemon tart (which had a caramelized sugar crust, like the kind you find on creme brulee. It was tantalizing seeing the dishes (especially seafood) that the other diners were ordering. The front room is noisier than the back, but I was still able to hear well enough, and the place has a good energy -- friends congregating at the bar, couples out on dates, small celebrations. The steak tartare was fabulous and seasoned just right.