New French Bistro on Noe in Duboce Triangle....
The sign says it is to be called "L'ARDOISE"
This translates as the 'slate'......perhaps it also has the connotation of 'black board" maybe where the specials of the day are listed.......
any French speakers out there who can give a more informed explanation?
Looking forward to this new place though...they are painting the entire building to spruce up this project.......it is where the Mexican/Cuban place (and before that Thai) was....
L'ARDOISE IS NOW OPEN!!
When I was looking in... out popped Thierry Clement...introduced himself...& thanks to Chowhound I was able to sound quite knowledgeable and erudite and said "...ah, yes from Fringale!!"
It's quite a warm and inviting space....prices seemed reasonable...I hope to try it soon...anyone interested???
I went here the second night it was open. (Thrill list posted the menu).
We arrived at 8:30 and were sat at 8:50. The waiter was very french, though nice and pleasant. We split the lobster ravioli (delicious!!) appetizer and I had the hanger steak with fries (also cooked very well when ordered 'rare'). I had to ask for the aioli (typically served when frites are ordered as a side) and you HAVE to try it. The aioli is the best I have had stateside. I dont recall what my date ordered because I didn't want to share mine!
While people were waiting to be seated, the house manager gave them what appeared to be free wine and also sides of fries!
We did indulge in a dessert - a tart tartin that was without crust, sadly enough, because that is what I look forward to so much in this dessert...that said, it was stil yummy. We were compted a small glass of dessert wine.
The ambiance is cute, little Euro though not overboard, quiet so you can hear folks, and personable...
here is the menu.
This location has been through many reincarnations of restaurants, I hope this one stays for awhile. Perfect on a rainy day.