We drove past the French restaurant L'amour Dans Le Four (love in the oven)on Lombard St. last night and decided to give it a try. We also came in hand with a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau ($15 corkage fee)and thought what better way to drink it than at a French restaurant!
We walked in and were seated against the wall in the back of the very small dark restaurant. The paintings on the walls looked as if they were about to fall on our heads..not properly adjusted. It was also just way too dark to eat...good for a bar atmosphere not a dining establishment. Anyway, we ordered two appetizers. One was a vegetable potage which had too much pepper in it and the other was a smoked salmon, smoked in mollasses on a bed of endive and apples. The salmon tasted very fishy...which it isn't suppose to taste like if it is smoked. It was very dry and we could barely swallow it without having some wine to follow.
For our entrees, we ordered the veal and steak. The entrees don't come with any side dishes, for $3 you can order side dishes that include gratin dauphinoise, endive au gratin, brussel sprouts au gratin or tomates provencales. We ordered the gratin dauphinoise and tomates provencales. The veal came in a thick brown sauce and tasted just average...something you can get at an Italian bistro...not a French bistro. The steak was also just average. The side of gratin dauphinoise was good, not enough on the plate. The tomates provencales was just too salty and included too many breadcrumbs in the filling.
On a positive note, the service was friendly =)
Well, we decided to have our cafe and dessert elsewhere. We walked out disappointed. Has anyone tried this restaurant before and enjoyed the food? Perhaps we came in on a bad night...
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