In a word- excellent!
The restaurant is very romantic, on two floors with a beautiful brass staircase leading to the upper floor. I loved the trees with the white lights interwoven in the branches on the second floor, it was so pretty. The chairs are comfortable 'eating' chairs, and the tables are arranged at a very decent distance from each other so that patrons don't feel crowded or nervous because others can eavesdrop on the conversation.
The service was impeccable. We were greeted in the foyer by the maitre'd who brought us upstairs, took our coats and escorted us to the table. The wait staff were attentive and friendly throughout the entire meal, never once did we feel rushed. We were asked a couple of times if we were enjoying our meal- one of those times, the waiter appeared concerned because my friend was so busy telling us about her latest trip that she she didn't have the opportunity to eat her meal, while we had cleaned off our plates. It seemed he wanted to make sure that everything was okay and she was happy which was nice gesture because it showed he was paying attention and was concerned.
There was a guitarist, in the corner, and I appreciated that the sound of his playing was kept at a minimum, in no way did we have to speak louder or feel that the sound of the guitar was overpowering the conversation in the room.
We all began with the shrimp tempura- two large shrimp in what appeared to be a light panko batter, emphasis on the light. It was crispy and very tender on the inside. It came with a little medley of greens, and a dollop of "mayo with ginger and scotch pea meal pepper sauce" although it just tasted like plain ol' mayo to each of us.
Two of us ordered the grilled veal striploin, and the other ordered the pan seared scallops with couscous. The grilled veal striploin was truly wonderful- tender, delicious, and the dijon cognac sauce was excellent. It came with mound mashed potato (yummy) and grilled vegetables. My friend loved her scallops- I've never seen her clean off her plate (she even used a piece of bread to get the last few drops of the coconut cream sauce).
For dessert, we shared the banana liquor creme brulee and the sambayon. The sambayon came with a nice handful of juicy berries- blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. Our creme brulee just had one raspberry on top, but who noticed when the brulee itself was so darn creamy and delicious? By this time, we were rubbing our tummies with pure satisfaction.
I must add- if you go to La Maquette, you must order the cappuccino because it was made perfectly, with a large, stiff, foam that looked like a large meringue sitting on top of the cup, that's how good it was.
This place is a keeper, IMO. We had a great meal with great service and the restaurant itself has great charm. Two thumbs up!!!!