We needed an elegant Newton restaurant with - of course - good food last night, so we tried to get reservations at Lumiere. Unfortunately they couldn't accommodate us until late evening, so we hit Le Soir instead. It was our first visit there and we found the restaurant competent but not spectacular.
The décor is a warm mix of traditional and modern and the layout makes the room feel spacious even though it's actually fairly small. The host's demeanor was welcoming and professional, though we had to suggest that he check our coats. The tag-team waiters were fine throughout the meal, if a little slow in removing our plates.
I stated with the squab and squash risotto. This was the high point of the meal for me. Well-timed creamy and flavorful rice, moist bird with a crispy skin. I tasted my DC's duck confit, which was quite salty in-a-good-way. I wasn't crazy about its accompaniment of cold veggies (artichoke hearts, pearl onions, etc) in a mustard dressing. Sometimes pairing hot and cold works great and other times it just seems jarring. For entrees we had the signature fish (halibut?) and the rabbit pot pie. The pot pie was tasty with a tender crust but with too much liquid and served as an overly generous portion size. The pieces of rabbit were wonderfully tender, though. I liked the fish better and the roast carrots and wonderfully buttery pureed potatoes that came with it were spectacular.
The bill (with three drinks) before the tip was about $110. A bit steep for the experience.