Kingston Station: who knew, it's a French bistro, and a good one!
- finlero Sep 28, 2007 11:02 AM
Made it here for lunch earlier this week. The big surprise was the French bistro vibe: white tile floors, zinc bar, white cloth napkins with blue threads, etc.
Less surprising (after reading other posts here), but no less pleasing, was the terrific food. I loved my moules frites, whose spicy chorizo broth did a great job putting a slight modern twist on a solid classic foundation; the addition of an assortment of various small tomatoes was particularly nice. The twice-fried frites were a little crispy for my personal tastes, but there was no arguing with the quality, and they were particularly excellent after being dipped in the moules broth. I also had a chance to sample a few salads (very fresh, inventive without being weird), a French onion soup (nicely gussied up with sherry and fresh herbs), and a steak sandwich (good, tender meat, very good bread, more good greens).
The wine list looks as short and focused as the food menu, with 5 reds and 5 whites available by the glass, 1/2 carafe, carafe, or bottle (prices in the 20s and 30s), as well as 6 reserve bottles. Service was fine, if a little harried; the restaurant was quite busy, and the staff looked a little stressed and bewildered as they made a sincere effort to keep the new environment running smoothly.
Biggest quibbles: tables were very cramped and close together, the noise levels were deafening in the boomy, tiled space, and there is exactly one non-beef sandwich on the menu.
There are a few American and Italian dishes available (hamburger, veal milanese), but this place has the soul of a French bistro. I'm eager to get back for dinner and try some more stuff!