Restaurants & Bars 4

Seven One Eight

phyllis | Jan 4, 2004 02:38 PM

Last night two friends went with us to this newly opened French bistro. It's in Astoria at Ditmars and 35th and was recently reviewed in the NYTimes. It may have been a mistake to try it on a Saturday night right after a good review but the experience was mixed.

We had the following: Shrimp Ceviche (our friends raved about it) and a less successful green mixed salad with sliced green apples and roasted almonds (didn't quite go). The entrees were very good for the most part. The special dinner was snapper with scallops and various fascinating sides. Really had only 1 scallop and was delicious (though at $21 higher than other entrees). I had the boneless trout with cheese polenta, which was delicious but meager (and I am small and don't eat much) and without any vegetable or noticeable sauce. Friends had the chicken (excellent) and steak frites (very good). Desserts were very fine apple tart and a fine flight of creme brulees.

Now the bad part. The service was passable at best and dishes were whisked away when there was no clear indication of being done. Wine glass was removed with wine remaining (after protest, a nice sized refill was provided by the house). ETc, rush, rush, rush.

Lastly was the incredibly loud American rock music. Maybe this is just a pet peeve of mine, but I hate to have ear splitting music when I am trying to have a nice dinner out with good friends. We had to shout to be heard, as did everyone else.

This food is a great addition to Queens'offerings and the place is quite nice looking. We might try again mid week to see if it is more mellow but otherwise, if you go, don't expect to be able to hear when you enjoy your good food. (And cover your plates with your hands if you still are eating!).

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