We just tried Aixois for an early Friday night dinner and we were both pleased. The restaurant is attached to a friendly used book-store in the Crestwood shops. Liked the casual, semi-urban, but not "fancy" atmosphere and service, too. There were folks of all persuasions there, including some nicely mannered children.
Food: House chardonnay just fine (but I drink only a glass or two of wine a month, so who am I to say?!)
A very tasty salad verte with sliced hearts of palm and a reduced balsamic vinagrette.
Lovely bread, not too hefty but still a nice crust. And no refrigerator flavors in the sweet butter!
I had mussels in saffron cream sauce over pasta. One mussel that wasn't open and one that tasted quite strong, but I am fine 4 hours later...the sauce was perfect, the saffron just a hint, the garlic not overpowering. Used some of that good bread to mop up the last bits.
Husband had frogs' legs, which I thought were a bit bland, but then I don't much care about frogs' legs! His garlic mashed potatoes, as tired of them as I am, were quite good and again not overdone.
We shared the chocolate-pear tart for dessert. It was heavier on the chocolate than I expected and extremely rich. We could barely polish off the slice between us. My decaf coffee was good but not spectacular. Wish I could tolerate the real stuff, but I seem to make my own caffeine and need no outside assistance!
And, anyone from either coast, take note that our tab (one glass of wine, one house salad, two entrees, one dessert, a coffee, an iced tea) was $61 including tip.
We finished off our early evening with a visit to JWard down the block. Unusual hand-crafted jewelry supplemented by art on the walls! (My work will be shown there opening July 12 or thereabouts!)
Anyone else have experience at Aixois? We think it definitely merits a return visit...
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