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400 coups lunch

wilmagrace | Jun 24, 2011 12:53 PM

I wanted to like it but didn"t as none of it worked for me. The decor once light and airy (remember the unusual white buffalo head) with previous restaurant (resident) is all charcoal black including the nice tin ceiling. The service (maitre d, waiter) were indifferent , uncommunicative and more occupied with instrumental things than responding to customers, refilling water or coming by to check on things(although people who ordered wine seemed to get some attention), and the portions very tiny, vegetables more of a garnish. The pintade/guinea fowl was recommended as " tender more than chicken"--nothing special here. The other choices for lunch were beef tartar, cod, spaghetti with shrimps. The appetizer waiter recommended was the cucumber salad-when I asked what could be special about that he said it is "not a boring salad"; but it turned out to be boring as consisted of cucumber slices, sprigs of arugula, two tiny cubes of melon and some goat cheese crumbles on top with no taste to dressing. Well I know the piece de resistance is dessert in this resto so I hung in there looking forward to any kind of pastry, which they dont have-- just desserts of chocolate pot de creme, sorbet, green apple slices/pistachio with yogurt-mine was a rhubarb sorbet on a round biscuit. Food was sort of dropped in front of you as they passed by. After 15 minutes I had to ask for my dessert as I had metered parking., I didnt see the value (my fixed price meal came to 29$ before tip, although same meal would be more in evening; without dessert the price at lunch is $20) . I actually preferred the two meals I had at le resident with the hospitality, large portions of fish and veggies and even the dessert (homemade polish cake) as better value overall.

side wall opposite bar has wallpaper of photo of old building which relieves somewhat the darkness

here is what it used to look like before they painted it black

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