Satisfying an urge for moules frites, I ended up at Jacques on E85th. They offered atleast 4 different preparations and I chose the Provencale. Like I said, it's been awhile since I've ordered this dish and maybe large servings are commonplace, but the bucket of mussels that I was presented with was more than enough for one. Actually, I stretched the leftovers into 2 additional meals, using the sauce as an accompaniement to a dish of pasta. The mussels and their tomatoey, garlic broth were quite tasty and the fries crisp, if not a touch too salty.
Having arrived before 7pm, the pre-fixe mussels were accompanied by a choice of salad or terrine. I went with the country style terrine and enjoyed it eventhough I'm more a fan of mousse type pates. The meal also came with a good creme brulee.
One friend raved about her roast chicken with mashed potatoes, though I though the portion seemed a bit small. The onion soup also got high marks.
Another friend loved her trout almondine. I had a small taste and concur that it was delicious.
The staff was gracious and especially helpful to my disabled dining companion. The only fault found with the entire meal was that just prior to dessert the wait staff all seemed to disappear for quite some time, making me think that I would have to forgoe the creme brulee. Happy to report they finally resurfaced and I was one with the creme brulee.
I don't recall seeing much mention of this place but for mussels, it is certainly a great meal at a great price.
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