Went there for an anniversary dinner last week and was very, very impressed.
Was nervous when we walked in as there is a kind of Disney-esque quality to the atmosphere, and a few guys wearing shorts hanging at the bar. A faux cobblestone floor, murals of a French town along the walls, almost like being on a stage set.
I got past the "it's a small world" feeling as soon as we looked at the menu though. Fish heaven, my friends. Fish heaven! My husband started with the tuna tartare and it was divine, a little bit of sesame oil, some shallot, and it was just so good. I had the country pate and loved it.
We had sea bass and cod for entrees, the sea bass was served on a bed of mixed mushrooms and the cod was served with olives and capers. The presentation was gorgeous and the fish cooked to flaky perfection.
We were tempted by the mussel starter, the bouliabasse (sp?), and roasted baby lamb chops, and pasta with crawfish, so needless to say, we'll be going back.
And, the bread served with the meal was some of the freshest, chewiest I've tasted in a long time. This was served with a spicy olive and tomato reduction and a garlic herb butter.
We had champange by the glass to start and a lovely Cote du Rhone with our meal. And all of this set us back about $110.
The service was lovely and we got to talk to the chef who used to work in the U.N. dining room and has cooked privately for many delegates and political types. Apparently Henry Kissinger likes the sea bass, too!
It is on Staten Island, on Forest Avenue, North Shore, and owned by the guy who used to run Adobe Blues.