My office hosted a series of meetings with colleagues from around the country this week, so we had several small group dinners.
Of these, the most succesful was Piperade. They really worked with us to offer a fixed menu that still had several options of both appetizers and mains, (given our rather strict cost parameters, this was no easy task). All 20 or so participants, from a variety of backgrounds and levels of eating 'sophistication', were quite pleased. The large table at the center of the restaurant is very nice for a group.
This was also my first visit to Piperade, and I convinced others to share 'tastes' to get a feel for a larger selection of offerings. Apps sampled on our special fixed group menu included garlic soup (wonderful), stuffed peppers (very tasty), fennel and artichoke salad (didn't thrill me, but others liked it), and something like a thin cracker pizza with smoked salmon (sorry, didn't catch the name, others loved it but again, didn't wow me, though pizza and pizza like dishes rarely do). Mains sampled included piperade (yummy, though the pork seemed a bit overcooked: is that standard?),cod (didn't try it but it looked beautiful),and snapper with spinach (not a fish I eat, but those who ordered raved about it. )Several good desserts as well.
service was very accomodating. It is the sign of a good restaurant that a group meal gives me a positive enough sense of the place to want to return to sample more, and yes, I hope to go back to Piperade soon on my own...