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Cafe Beaujolais (Eagle Rock) was v. nice

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Cafe Beaujolais (Eagle Rock) was v. nice

Chowpatty | Jul 26, 2004 03:05 PM

Thanks to those who recommended Cafe Beaujolais for my boyfriend's birthday dinner. I wanted a place that was less than $100 and although I wasn't even paying attention, our bill came out to $96 before tip -- pretty funny! Cafe Beaujolais is a cute little neighborhood restaurant on Colorado Blvd. which draws a very neighborhood crowd (meaning lots of older guys wearing flowered sport shirts with their wives and young couples on dates -- nobody remotely trendy or even dressed up). I started with the endive and roquefort salad and my companion had the asparagus soup, both were flavorful and the salad was a generous portion. I had the tender filet mignon and he had the savory stuffed sole for mains -- both were traditional but well-done presentations with sauteed pea pods, whipped potatoes and tomatoes gratinees on the side. We had a bottle of Haut-Medoc (?) for $28 which should have been cooled a bit more but tasted fine, and for dessert he had the chocolate mousse cake and I had the creme brulee. The young French servers were friendly and attentive and the food was all good quality. If you're not looking for innovative dishes or hip atmosphere, this is a nice place for a low-key date or a good place for visiting parents and the like. Besides the cottony, forgettable bread, the only real downside was the table of medical students next to us who discussed everything from their patients' urine analysis to a depressed patient who kept hitting her head with a rock until her brains fell out -- I had to politely ask them to shut up because we could hear every detail as we savored our steak. They were replaced by a couple with two impeccably behaved little girls who happily sampled caesar salad, onion soup and steak while barely making a peep. Now THEY were good dining neighbors! Afterwards I had an excellent apple martini at the Chalet bar in the next block, a fun spot although the music was a bit loud and erratic (Judas Priest, anyone?)

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