claudia and i ate at tournesol last night after reading about it on these pages. first off, we are thrilled that there is finally a french place in queens, not to mention minutes away from our home! last night was the second night of service and we had a great dinner. the hosts were charming, from southwest france; simple,reasonably priced wine list, great menu and prices. the daily specials are not being offered yet, guess they have to make sure they have enough diners to keep things moving. there were only about 12 patrons all night(7pm to 9 or so). it was a perfect chilly night for thier wed. special of cassoulet, but there's always next week. we started with a couple of glasses of a bandol and a plate of small black olives(gratis). claudia summed it up about the wine, it was "uncomplicated", but it hit the right notes. we had beef carpaccio with great baby spinach and some parmagianno, and pan seared scallops...lovely. i had the roasted monkfish wrapped in bacon and accompianied with a melange of cooked just enough vegtables(zucchini, baby onions, fennel), claudia had cod with rosemary...both really flavorful dishes, cooked perfect. we split a chocolate fondant, oozing with molten dark chocolate, made to order, coffee and espresso(a tad weak for me) and i had a nicely chilled muscadet while waiting for dessert.
the room was cute,light wall covering, small service bar, wood floor, brandy new, seats about 40. the only thing i wasn't thrilled about was the seating arrangement which due to the room configuration, was mostly banquets against the walls, with three free standing two tops next to each other. other than that, we had a great dinner and we hope they have a great run and hope to have many more dinners there. i believe the address is 50-12 vernon blvd, a 1/2 block from the 7 stop, around the corner from where the old pearsons(sigh) was. bon appetit!