The stretch of Atlantic Ave west of Court is becoming quite a restaurant row. The latest addition (or maybe replacement I should say) is Chez Moi. We walked by it two weekends ago on the way to Colonie and noticed it seemed to be having its soft opening. The doors were wide open to the street on a very pleasant Saturday evening and a fashionable young crowd was gathered around the bar toasting and chatting in a lively way. We stopped to look at the menu and noticed the sign that indicated that the grand opening had yet to happen. It looked interesting but since we looked neither fashionable or young and had friends to meet at Colonie we hurried on (since we’re so unhip one might wonder about the apparent paradox of passing by Chez Moi for Colonie).
So we returned this weekend to try out Chez Moi for a late dinner. It was still quite lively and the bar was busy. I noticed that the crowd had a more of a neighborhood feel with couples and their young children as well as some more mature folk. I perused the wine list. Has anyone else noticed that its getting harder and harder to find a decent bottle of wine for under $40 even in your local spot? The menu has an assortment of typical bistro fare. There was steak frites, moules frites, roasted chicken, duck salad. We ordered and then waited and waited and waited just a bit more.
Food comes and its basic French fare. Well executed but nothing exciting. Meats are properly cooked, frites a touch salty, lots of butter on the veggies. The service was very friendly despite being slow (I suppose that’s better than the slow and surly I’ve had in France). I give it a pretty good, but if I’m in the mood for French, right now I prefer Baachus or Quercy. We will try Chez Moi again though. I’m hoping they get their legs firmer under them and hit their stride. There’s some potential here.