Well Saturday was my Boyfriend's birthday and we chose to check out Piperade as we had both heard and read good things( we also saw some great pictures thanks to all the wonderful food blogs out there)
I knew we were off to a good start when we first drove up to the place. There was PARKING! Lots of it! No rip-off paking lot to deal with, no valet to tip, just
plain old street parking! I didn't know it was possible to go out to dinner in the city without factoring in the parking conditions, now I know where to go when I just can't deal.
We were seated right away for our 6:30 reservation and service was friendly if a bit brisk. I started with the Ham and Sheeps Milk Terrine, WOW! I was a little hesitant because I had herd the dish was very rich and overly salty, but I found it just perfect, granted it was a small portion and I was sharing with the boyfriend but I did not find this dish overwhelming in any way, in fact we both wanted more. My Boyfriend had the Bacalao Fritters, another dish we had heard conflicting reports on, and we should have listened to the warnings, this dish wasn't bad (after all they are fried how bad can they be?) but it wasn't very good either, I wouldn't order them again, they reminded me of the hush puppies from Long John Silvers.
For our main course we had the Tuna Steak with Piment d'Esplette Emulsion and the special for Saturday, the Veal Stew. Both were wonderful, the tuna was perfectly seared and the veal was the most tender meat I think I've ever had. Both dishes were stand outs, but I must say we found the portions a bit small. We also had a side order of french fries that was amazing. They were thin crisp and perfectly salted, I wish we had each gotten our own, the were positively addictive.
For desert I had to try the beignets, they were good but not quite hot enough, so the were more like doughnut holes than a true beignet.
All and all we were pretty happy with Piperade, my one true complaint would have to be the service, while attentive and friendly it was just too rushed. The were no pauses between courses, none at all, not even time to visit the restroom. Once one plate was picked up another was placed in front of you, I realize some may like this, I prefer to linger over dinner, We don't get the chance to eat out much and when we do I'd like it to last a little longer than 45 minutes. We felt as if they needed our table, but the restaurant wasn't even full so there was no need for
the brisk service.
Sorry I cant comment much on the wine as I don't really know enough about wine to offer any critisism, I will say they all seemed fairly priced, we had a very tasty Spanish red for $39.00
Total cost of the meal (two beers one bottle of wine two small plates two mains and dessert) was about $115.00 before tip, we both felt it was a very good value and would definitely return.