This lovely French restaurant was recommended to us by our servers at two other establishments as a 'must try'. We were cautioned that the restaurant is small and popular, so we might encounter difficulty getting a reservation on short notice, or a long wait for a table. No worries, they assured us; the food is worth sitting at the bar. We arrived after 9 on a Friday, and had only a half-hour wait for a table. The staff was warm and welcoming. Althouth the menu offered some attractive choices, we ordered the steak and frites, for which the place is well-known. The food arrived rather quickly, thanks to the lateness of the evening, and it was two of the best steak dinners we have ever had. We had each ordered a $5 side of sauteed cremini mushrooms; our server suggested sharing one, as they were generous portions, and his recommendation was spot-on. Each and every bite of the steaks, a perfectly seared and crusted medium rare, caused a duet of 'mmmm's, eyelid fluttering, and other ecstatic exclamations. The sauces, as you would expect, were delicious. The steaks arrived with a red wine and shallot sauce, and the frites were dressed with garlic and parsley, paired with a savory sauce perfect enough to make you say, 'ketch-what?'
We pre-ordered the cheese course, and it arrived at the optimum temperature after our dinner plates were cleared and our tummies had settled for a moment. It was a lovely selection of six cheeses, mostly cow's milk, and predominantly from Quebec. The server was very knowledgeable about the cheeses, and better yet, an enthusiastic lover of cheese. She explained that the selection changes regularly, as well.
The restaurant was narrow, with tall ceilings and warm red walls. The seating was comfortable; the noise level was fine, even with a full house. The ambiance felt like fine dining. All staff was pleasant and inviting, whether or not they served us.
When we got the bill, it was almost embarrassing. We have paid so much more for so much less on more occasions than we care to remember!
We enthusiastically recommend this wonderful restaurant to anyone looking for a fine, well-priced meal in a warm, lovely setting.