One night in Princeton last week. Stayed at the Peacock Inn, and, despite being in Best Places to Stay, was very tacky. The inn may have been good once, but the bedrooms no longer even resemble the one in photos in its own brochures. Planned to eat there, but changed minds on arrival.
Wandered round and round looking for somewhere. Pot luck really. Went to les copains on witherspoon st. Nice enough place to be in.
Apps: wild mushroom soup, and escargot were really good.
Mains: tuna with capers and truffle mashed pots-- pitiful. the fish was not off, just poor quality. Another main i tried was duck "rolled in apricots, cherries, caradmon. sorrel and parsley served with natural jus" I can quote bec attached to the restaurant card, came the the menu. The duck tho requested rare was tough.
Desserts: good cheesecake and berries. Cheese plate: asked for stilton, but it was something like danish blue.
Service: pretty aggressive and interfering. We were ok bec they did not need our table for 2. However, 2 gps of 4 on either side were treated as follows. the minute the spoons hit their dessert plates, the waiter appeared with check, and said "we're busy tonight" at which point one neighbor said under his breath, we're just about to begin a game of scrabble. Interfering in the sense that the restaurant was abuzz with academic discussion ....theology and alfred adler...and the waiter would approach the tables while everyone was eating and talk in full flow, and say, "no smiles?" The discussions would continue and the waiter would again ask, "everything ok, i see no smiles?"
Conclusion: apps, and cheesecake fine, service and mains not good.