Review of both this weekend:
Lumiere: Never had been but had high expectations (perhaps too high) based on articles and reviews of this restaurant. The space, a converted Brighams, was very attractive and pretty quiet, overall very nice ambience. Waitress was very helpful, friendly and informative The meal, however, was a bit of a disappointment. Started with a basket of bread that was very average, not what I would call artisan bread. Two appetizers were Seared Scallops and Roasted Asparagus, scallops were perfectly seared but lacked any wow factor as far as flavor; I liked the asparagus (and the sauce) but wife did not like the sauce. Entrees were Roasted Chicken with creamed morels and asparagus and Tenderloin. Roasted Chicken had a lovely crisp exterior but again lacked any wow factor; I love the smokiness of morels but the ones I got were not smoky at all. My wife got the tenderloin and said it was just ok...I did not try it. For dessert we shared a Chocolate Souffle Cake and Cappaccino, the cappaccino was very good. Bill with tax and tip (for 2) came to $173.50 which included a $40.bottle of wine shared by 4.
Sonsie: Here, I actually had low expectations based on a previous not so great food experience. However, they exceeded expectations. Started again with an ordinary basket of bread but the bean dip served with the bread was quite nice. Two of us shared calamari appetizer which was also quite nice, it was made with a very light batter and served with a sauce similar to a chile-mayonnaise. Four entrees were: Pizza with carmelized onions, mushrooms and brie...very tasty; Baked Gnocci with mushrooms and cheese, also very tasty; Pan Seared Salmon, which my son enjoyed very much and I had Red Snapper, which was also very good. Nothing was outstanding but everything was credible and final bill with drinks was about $140 before tip for 4 people.