I've spent too much time criticising and not enough praising but I guess that's human nature. So for the new year I will start my Chowhounding by praising a meal we had on Christmas Eve at the Hotel Pierre. The room is beautifully elegant without being stuffy. The servers were attentive and friendly. I started with a Singapore Sling which is evidently their specialty and felt like I was in a 40's black and white "smart set" movie. My partner had a Gin Gimlet which although properly made with Rose's Lime Juice we returned to have made with fresh lime juice. No Problemo. The amuse bouche was a perfect little gem of cauliflower soup with truffles. The starters were salade Lyonnaise which was made exactly as they do in Lyon and crab cakes with an Indian flair. I had sea bass with a mediterranean sauce very crispy on the bottom and tender on the top. My partner had a trio of meat consisting of shortribs, filet mignon. They had a fair selection of half-bottles of wine and we started with a Chablis and finished with Chateauneuf du Pape. I don't think they had anyone knowledgeable about wine there on the level of a sommellier but we handled it ok on our own. My main criticism was that the place was half empty and the crowd seemed to be getting on in age. Not very trendy but surprisingly good.