the ambiance is a bit more lively than Truc was, the music is a little louder and the bar area looks promising. the bathrooms are gussied up. the new layout (including taller door to the street enabling view of the garden seating in the back from the sidewalk)and paint job is nice, though more predictable than the blues and greens of the past and rather like the food. (don't worry, they kept the chairs) well executed, but not terribly creative. the bread was chewy and served with olive oil with pepper flakes. tasty corn soup with crab salad. the moules frites app. was excellent and really just perfect in the summer. I had a tomato and tuna entree special that smelled and tasted I guess to put it nicely, like comfort food (okay, like spagettios). The sole was pretty good, though it was not terribly interesting after a few bites (there were about 30 flavors in the dish that turned to mush in the mouth aftere the 2nd bite). The waitress did that annoying trick where they tell you every single ingrediant in the dish as if you're going to have to cook it yourself. I'm sure we'll give it another try, maybe we just don't like change, and perhaps the event prompted a little grieving for Phil the old Truc chef.
if you're planning to try the place, I advise to go in and just order the moules frites and a salad, and you should be happy as can be. It seems like the type of place where the sirloin steak might be decent as well. Also, there are some interesting wines to be had and the decor will impress your date.