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lovely meal at belleville

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lovely meal at belleville

allydee | Nov 25, 2003 09:47 PM

you really have to love this place, with the endearingly and enthusiastically inept french waitstaff, low prices, high-quality eats.

my dining partner and i went early on a monday night and the room was sparsely attended. started with beet and spinach salad, a well-executed and nicely balanced rendition with goat cheese, bacon nuggets, and some form of nut. salads and apps are generally priced a $7.50. proceded to a moules frites, as a main, that i most enjoyed, in spite of its relative pricey-ness (i am used to the appy pei mussels at 12th street grill, at $9). moules were prepared in a whitewine butter reduction with rosemary and whole roasted garlic cloves as the standout flavors. definitely an innovative twist on this classic and one i will borrow in crafting my thanksgiving appetizer. frites were perfect -- slightly crispy, well-herbed. dining companion enjoyed her shell steak, a thicker cut of meat than i've seen advertised as shell steak. side order of roasted tomatoes and the sauvignon blanc by the glass, both ordered upon suggestion of earlier poster, were very good. wine list is generally under-marked up, in my experience. tab with a very-well-executed martini and espresso (plus 3 glasses of wine) was well under $100 for a pleasurable meal for two. nice broad menu, eager staff, i intend to visit frequently.

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