Figuratively speaking of course. They certainly did cut cheese and cured meats...and that's the extent of food preparation that we received. Upon entering, I was surprised to find a near empty restaurant on a Saturday evening where there was one other couple and then us.
Food: Good selection of cheese and charcuterie. I can't say anything negative about the quality of the imported cheese as there's no cooking to it. They did use a very nice old fashion meat slicer to finely slice our jamon. I finally got to try a raclette, where you place sliced cheese onto a small tray and then slide into an easy-bake grill-like contraption. Then the melted cheese is drizzled over boiled potatoes. That was an interesting experience. The jamon was very good, silky smooth and not overbearingly salty.
Service: really attentive service and how could it not be when there are two servers, one bartender/Manager, and one chef serving 4 diners? Our main server was very nice and explained how to use the raclette and provided cheese recommendations.
Ambiance: Newly renovated with trendy decor. I really liked the wallpaper design on the back wall with images of dark chandeliers on a rosy backdrop. Very parisien and chic. There were two tables of two's out by the large front window, wrap around bar seating, and several elevated tables of two's and four's along the side. Very cozy space and nice heritage building. Unfortunately, the neighbourhood is not gentrified yet so the proprietors are taking a huge gamble. During our dinner, we witnessed a drug deal occurring right in front of us and several prostitutes and binners walking by. Don't look out if you want to maintain that feel good ambiance.
Value: My personal view is that when I go out for a meal, I expect some sort of cooking or culinary expertise. Instead, we paid a premium to sit in pretty place to eat cheese and cured meats easily purchased next door (which they own by the way), for double/triple the cost. Granted the value-add may have been higher if we were in a big group or if the place was livelier. At least I could justify the cost as entertainment expenses. Our bill for two: $100; included two "entrees", two drinks, tips & tax. Could've gone to Jules, Chambar, or Les Faux for that.
If you like to sample wide variety of cheese and hang out with wine sipping buddies, probably not a bad place. If you're looking for a real meal, probably not your best bet.