Seeing as the trendy and ultra cool designed restaurant has survived the resto-test (didn't go tits-up within the first year), I thought I'd finally check the place out for food (with low expectations) and decor (with high expectations). Both were surpassed.
The restaurant is normally closed for lunch, but decided to try only 2 days of summerlicious lunch. It was deserted both days, which left plenty of choice for tables and leisure time, both of which are rare in most summerlicious experiences.
The patio is small, as are the stylist but uncomfortable chairs. However, with the awning drawn, privacy is decent given that it shares the sidewalk with many pedestrians.
The portions were small, as with most summerlicious menus, but sufficient for lunch. The Vichyssoise was aided by a smoked-salmon cream dollop. The salad, mussels, and penne were all good if a bit convetional (isn't French cuisine supposed to be a mother-cuisine, with some haute?)
The dessert was the highlight of the meal. Perfectly dense and moussey-creamy-iced brownie was enhanced by the vanilla bean infused ice cream. As they say, no matter what you pass off for appetizers and mains, all will be forgotten with a great dessert.
All in all, it was excellent value for $10, accompanied by reasonably priced mineral water and fancy coffees. And let's not forget about the back room, which makes up for any lack of haute in the food. But you need not rush during summerlicious, they have a $19 prix fixe before 7pm everyday.
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