Last night my husband and I went with a client and his wife for dinner at LCB Brasserie. The upshot is I wouldnt go back, even on an expense account, but if someone invited me to go there and didnt want to go anywhere else, I wouldnt mind returning.
My husband and I got there early for an 8pm reservation. The place was pretty empty maybe five or six tables filled. We had drinks at the bar the bartender was friendly and had some enthusiastic main course recommendations, which coincided with those in the 2004 NYT review. When our friends arrived, we were seated, and by then the place had filled up a bit, though it was never more than half full during the entire evening.
The menu is very extensive the typical items you would expect at an upscale brasserie I used the NYT review to guide us in our decisions and to steer us away from items reported as not so hot (seemed to be most of the seafood dishes, aside from the sole).
The bread was excellent our group tried the olive & rosemary twist and raisin nut rolls. Three of us had the foie gras terrine to start two generous slices, which two of us did not finish, accompanied by a gelee of sauternes and a pineapple chutney. The terrine was good, but not great Ive made better, the gelee was a bit rubbery and the chutney seemed to be just chopped up pineapple soaked in something. The bread served seemed like crustless, toasted and pressed wonder bread, that got a bit soggy in the napkin lined basket. We asked for a second basket and it was quickly brought to the table. The fourth person had the moules marinieres (sp?) very generous portion and both he and my husband enjoyed them I didnt try them.
For the main course we had: Dover sole meuniere (me), tournedos, stuffed pigs feet, and venison medallions. My sole was lovely, if just the slightest bit dry, accompanied by green beans, a carrot puree and a piece of potato. Pigs feet were reported as good, but by no means outstanding. Venison was ordered medium and was a bit overdone that person thought that the accompanying chestnut puree was too strong and sweet a side dish for the cassis sauce on the venison. Tournedos ordered well done, so I cant speak to them! Portions were very generous.
For dessert, we had ordered two soufflés chocolate and grandmarnier, which three of us had with glasses of Sauterne. Again, tasty, but not to die for. The best part of the evening for me was the petit fours that were served after dessert wonderful cassis macarons. My espresso was terrible the telltale signs far too hot and far too long had one sip to confirm this.
We had two bottles of $70 wine check was a little north of $600 with tax and tip. The service was professional and attentive no complaints there. The crowd was very eclectic we were certainly the only couples there under 45 (actually, under 60). It made for some entertaining people watching.