Restaurants & Bars

Pif report

Sylvia Glassmsan | Jan 12, 2002 12:54 PM

We finally got to Pif, and really enjoyed it.
The menu is small, and changes constantly. The items that my friend had last week weren't on the menu by last night. There is choice of about five appetizers, five entrees, a cheese tray and four other desserts.
We all started with their escargot special, and like others on this board, thought it lived up to its hype. Even the frisee was garlicky! Save some bread.
My entree was the trout, with brown butter and parsley. Simple and delicious! My husband and one friend had the langoustines and raved about it. Our other friend had a loin of lamb that was wonderful - tender, great flavor, exceptionally good. We all tasted it, naturally!
My trout sat on a bed of buttery spinach and basmati rice; I devoured it.
My husband had three cheeses for dessert, and had a great time with them. I had the financier (an almond cake with meringue, sort of like a dacquoise) with a caramel sauce. It was very good, but not a dessert I would order again. Some of the desserts I had heard about sounded more exciting.
Our service was pleasant and efficient.
As far as comparing it to Django, where we have been four times, it doesn't make sense. We love Django - and some other favorite places - but we're happy to have Pif and certainly intend to go back.
One comment about noise: everything was fine, though the place was filled, until about 7:45. (We had a 6:00 reservation.) At that time, they began to play rock music, and the noise level was too much for me. We like to be able to talk to our friends. One friend told me that there was no background music when she was there; maybe they changed their policy.
But go and try it!

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