Saturday night reservations at Le Quinze for a small girl's night out. At least I knew everyone would be on time (see post regarding Ideya and silly boys, who thankfully were good friends and not dates, otherwise that would've been a whole different story).
We were given the option of sitting inside where there was A/C or closer to the window. Mistakenly, we chose the first option. I think we were actually seated under the A/C unit itself, and so did not reap its benefits. Again, swelteringly hot. At least if we were by the window we would have gotten some modicum of a cross-breeze. No matter.
To start, we split the fried calamari - lots of calamari, which was very very good, served with... israeli couscous, I think? can't remember which grain it was - and this tuna/avocado rillette dish that was very interesting, but more like a whipped mousse which I wasn't quite expecting. Tasted good, but I'm not really a fan of mousses, so I didn't really like it (something about the texture that bothers me).
As an entree, I got the duck, which was served two ways. There was first the breast part, sliced into inch-thick slices and arranged neatly on one side of the plate. Perfectly cooked. Then there was something that loosely resembled a dumpling - duck confit in filo dough, which was so good. The polenta it was served with was rich and creamy, and just scrumptious. One friend got the steak frites, which she just devoured (I got to snag a couple of french fries before she finished them off, yummy) and the other got the monkfish which she enjoyed, although I didn't get to taste it.
For dessert, we got the cherry clafouti, which was good, but not spectacular. But that could be because I'm more partial to my own recipe, which has fewer cherries and more... batter? I'm not sure what the technical term is.
Service was very friendly and prompt. Et ils parlent francais! Okay, so that's not so rare in that part of town, but I enjoy it nonetheless.
Dinner came to about $40 each (I think, can't really remember) before tax and tip for 2 bottles of wine, 2 appetizers, 3 entrees and 1 dessert. Note that they only take American Express.
Restaurant was empty-ish when we got there at 8PM, but about 3/4s full by the time we left at around 10PM. It never got to be too noisy - which always seems to be a problem of late, overly-noisy restaurants - so we could cary on a normal conversation.
It's good for groups and dates, I'd say. And I'd go back. It's so hard to find properly-cooked duck, that when I find a place I add it to my list of "places to return."