Kudos to the staff at le Cirque who handled 14 of us on Christmas Eve. Yes, the service was a bit slow at times, but it did not bother us because we were enjoying family time together - and because the servers were good about checking on us. I love sole and always order sole meunière when in Paris, so when I saw Dover sole on the menu, I couldn't wait to try it. First, it was perfectly prepared - correctly seasoned, too. I was not ready, however, for the entire fish to appear on my plate! (I'm more used to the 1/2 fish.) Needless to say, I couldn't finish it - a bit of a waste both in terms of the food and the price - but my taste buds were too happy to care all that much. (The same happened to the other 3 who ordered the sole - just too much fish.) Every dish we ate - and we ate a lot - was beautifully presented and, importantly, all 14 dishes were brought out within 1 minute so that there wasn't any one waiting for food. Side dishes - from vegetables to potatoes - were seasoned well and complemented our main meals. Le Cirque was packed that night, yet we didn't suffer a single glitch. In fact, my young nephew who loves shrimp cocktail, was disappointed to see that it wasn't on that night's menu. A conversation between my brother and a server resulted in shrimp cocktail appearing. Heaven knows where they had to go to get it, but that sort of service was much appreciated. Fourteen sated and happy people will happily return!