Thanks for the suggestion, Jo. It was perfect for quiet conversation.
We each ordered the mussels, in a light broth, which were excellent, and a great accompaniment for the truffled french fries, which were super.
Service was lovely, a tad noisy but not too bad. Shared a teeny tiny chocolate souffle/mousse cake, coffee, $16 for lunch including all. I kept looking at what others were being served, and look forward to lunching at Matysons again soon to sample other menu choices.