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We were able to enjoy the best of this restaurant on a balmy summer evening dining on the sidewalk at great prices. Service was outstanding. The waiters really wanted you to feel comfortable and to enjoy everything.
Definitely compares to a dinner in Paris... the freshest and finest ingredients and presentations are beautiful. Try Le Mille Feuille "Minute" aux Framboises for dessert.
Risotto with mushrooms, too much cream, over cooked arborio rice, too much parmesan and found one chunk in it. Cote du Rohne too cold. Salted chocolate mousse, too much salt. Great cheese selection, friendly waiter and personnel.
I travel extensively for my work and eat a lot. Many of these trips take me to Paris; so I'm not necessarily excited by the opening of another "authentic" French Bistro. I was wrong; my initial impression (admittedly after only one visit) is that this place is as good as any of this type of restaurant I've been to in Boston; and better than most in Paris.
I visited it recently with my wife and her sister, for a leisurely Saturday lunch. To start, I had one of the best terrine that I can remember; almost a meal in itself. My companions had a cold yellow tomato soup that intensely flavorful and satisfying. I opted for the steak tartare and it was perfectly executed ("au couteau" which means that the meat isn't ground but cut is small delicious pieces with a knife) and seasoned. My wife had the Salade Perigourdine; an extravagant concoction of Duck confit and foie gras on a fresh salad (no complaints there; just too much of a good thing). My sister in law was smart she opted for a second appetizer (the Pissaladière; a sort South of France Pizza with caramelized onions and fresh anchovies). The appetizers are large, so combining two of them is the sensible choice. The wine list is entirely French; but extensive. It offers a good range of prices and flavors. My only quibble is that there was only 2 choices for Rosé (one of them being the ubiquitous and overpriced Domaine Ott) a strange omission for place that hails from Cannes. We had an very nice 10-year old Savagnin, that was well priced. We shared an "ile flottante" with our coffees; it's certainly a bistro standard all over the world; their version was flawless. The service was efficient but we never felt pressed; the waiter was French but had no problem communicating in English with my companions. It was easy to get his attention. The sound level was very pleasant, we could easily carry our conversation but there was still some animation. At first I was concerned by the lower-level location of the room, but it works well the decor is pleasant and bright.
Prices were reasonable for the quality and the quantity. Overall a very satisfying experience; I'll be back.
Working on Newbury Street sounds exciting, but the restaurant choices are limited, especially when you have to occassionally host business dinners nearby. Stephanie's is fine but now there are choices, and La Voile is the best of them hands down. Excellent ambiance, the noise level is still light enough to talk and enjoy, even when the restaurant is full to capacity. Moreover, the food is a step to French Heaven with service to match. The wine list is diverse with prices ranging from $22/bottle all the way up to dress-to-impress prices of $550! The Manager is well-versed in wines if you need assistance selecting and never gives out "attitude" to influence decisions where price is an issue. Best of all is the deletable appetizers such as naughty Foie Gras and deletable Bone Marrow (a house specialty and hard to find anywhere stateside), as well as one of the best and most generous cheese plates ever. The rack of lamb is also a "deal" at only $29 and there are some rare fish entrees as well. If you still have room for dessert, try the richest chocolate you can find, as it is simply orgasmic. You won't go broke here, but you will want to return again and again, if only for a glass of champagne in the more casual barside the restaurant where you can toast with the proprietors, the handsome Stephan and his gorgeous wife, Staphanie (yes, it is true, their names are the same!). Manga!