Some of my friends from Japan flew in to visit me, and one of them had expressed interest in trying French cuisine.
To start we ordered the Lobster Bisque and the Escargots Provencal. The bisque was superbly flavourful whereas the escargots, although perfectly cooked were slightly lacking in flavour.
For our main courses we all decided to order something different. All of the main courses were excellent except for the Bouillabaisse, which was good, but nothing extraordinary. As another reviewer has noted, the Bouillabaisse was somewhat of a thin broth with a scarce assortment of slightly overcooked seafoods. The Daube de Boeuf was sublime. There's no other way to explain it other than saying the meat literally melted in my mouth. The Canard a l'Orange was also delicately flavoured and tender. The portion of duck (two full legs) was very generous, which was a plus. The Iron Steak was really very good as well.
In addition to our main courses we ordered two side dishes to accompany our meals. We ended up ordering the Ratatouille and the Pommes de Terre Pave (essentially scalloped potatoes baked with Parmesan). The Ratatouille was very good, but I wasn't so impressed with the potatoes. That being said, we didn't even really need to order the side dishes as the first and second courses were already more than enough food.
Many would assume the service in a French Bistro to be pretentious but our server (who neglected to tell us her name, unfortunately) was extremely friendly and cheerful. Unobtrusive, prompt, attentive service. In between the casual little jokes and her bright smile the atmosphere was very relaxed and enjoyable.
The decor was quite nice. Comfortable contemporary seating and tables with contemporary paintings on the walls.
All in all, it was an enjoyable experience, I will be sure to go again.