I wanted to try another Daniel Boloud spot, given how much I have enjoyed my visits to Daniel. We stopped in for lunch and all of the hallmarks are there - sumptuous seating, rich decor, formal service. The space itself is a bit odd - insanely high ceilings and greenery all around. I'm not sure I fully "got it". But it was lovely nonetheless.
The food was a bit all over the place. The initial avocado salad (which was a gift from the kitchen - we didn't order it) was the clear winner. Bright, varied, delicious, textures...that dish had it going on! The pasta app was excellent and the salad was good. The main fish courses disappointed a bit. Excellent cooking, but fell short on flavors.
The biggest surprise was the side of mushrooms, which delivered like an afterthought. Just...cooked mushrooms. No additional flavors or elevation. Extremely disappointing from a restaurant of this caliber.
Our server was excellent and the glass of wine I had was outstanding, perfectly described by the sommelier (who seemed a bit out of place).
Overall, a solid "B". I wouldn't avoid this place, but definitely won't be seeking it out again. I can imagine it's a great, steady place to have a regular lunch in the city.
Replying to Steven Smith