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Nov 9, 2006 04:32 AM

Le Petit Dejeuner dinner: Great value, outstanding service, very good food !

We had dinner tonight at LPD, a first visit for both me and my friend. We were delighted !

The eclectic diner-cum-bistro decor was fine, lighting slightly dimmed for the evening meal. We were greeted with a warm welcome from the extremely friendly, highly organized and attentive waitress who immediately moved our reserved seating to a slightly more private area, and simultaneously, without demur, accepted the bottle of wine I had brought, LPD being a BYOW establishment. Menus were placed before us, and a blackboard containing the daily table d'hote specials was equally promptly brought to sit on the banquette beside my friend. Wineglasses also appeared: our wine was poured and glasses kept topped up in a way far grander establishments too often fail to do !

Appetizers came within 10 minutes or so: we switched plates half-way through, and agreed the Caesar Salad was pleasant but undistinguished, lacking that garlicky and/or anchovyesque bite that the classic preparation should achieve. The unusual offering of cheese croquettes we enjoyed, though they needed to be served hotter - I suspect they had been fried from a frozen or chilled state, and the crisp coating had reached its ideal state before the contents had found a chance to be sufficiently warmed.

Mains were outstanding: my friend not only received a huge bowlful of mussels in a spicy tomato broth, which he pronounced delicious, but also a large platter containing a generous bowl of home made french fries, a dish of mayonnaise and a bowl of veg-fruit slaw.

My steak frites consisted of a sliced sirloin, sauteed rare as requested, a bit chewy as one would expect, but of good meaty taste, and covered with an absolutely superb onion-cream gravy - TO DIE FOR with the fries accompanying.

The waffles offered for dessert looked great; but we were feeling full, so opted instead for a chai creme brulee (first-rate) and a chocolate pudding with whipped cream - very home-made tasting, solid, unexciting but flavourful. Coffee and capp were fine.

Interesting side bar illustrative of this place's ethos: the waitress accidentally cracked a wine glass at the table adjacent to ours, spilling some glass into one dish she had just served. Of course the mess was cleaned up and the dish replaced - but come dessert, the waitress offered them whatever they wanted on the house.

The bill for a really great evening totaled all of $90 ! (including $15 corkage for our wine) We will be back, and recommend it enthusiastically for an unpretentious, fun dinner featuring an eclectic menu, cheerful service and very good food.

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  1. outstanding and prompt service? Wow, that's a surprize. I always found the food to be good, not great, but good enough to go back. However, every time I have gone there the service has been slow and exceptionally stiff, bordering on rude. Which is why I opted to stop giving them my business.

    Hmmmm. I am going to have to try them again for dinner and see if they can change my opinion.

    Thanks for the update

    1. I've had lunch and dinner there a few times and really enjoyed it. The food has always been great, the service friendly and the frites are stellar.

      It sounds like a place to avoid at brunch, but for dinners it's a great, reasonably-priced choice...oh, but I do recall going there once during a horrible cold spell, and it was almost as cold inside as outside. The server did warn us when we came in, and we decided to stay, but it was pretty darn nippy in there. Anyone wanting to try it may want to do so before the weather gets too cold...

      1. Actually the times that I did go there and received less than stellar service, it was, in fact, for brunch.

        I guess the myths that brunch is the worst time to go to a restaurant can sometimes be true...