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Anyone tried Soigne? (In Magnolia's old spot, Park Slope.)

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jinx Mar 5, 2011 10:25 AM

Just wondering if anyone's tried this place yet. Spouse feels like trying somewhere new tonight and I thought maybe we'd go but can't find much info.

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Soigne
486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

  1. Miss Needle Mar 5, 2011 02:27 PM

    If you do go, please report back. I'll probably try out the place in a couple of weeks.

    This is the most extensive thing I've found on the net so far.

    http://heresparkslope.blogspot.com/20...

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    1. re: Miss Needle
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      tex.s.toast Mar 5, 2011 06:42 PM

      I just walked past today and stopped to take a look at the menu, which seemed pretty elevated and id be very curious to see how the execution is.

      one thing i noticed while browsing the menu earlier (that isnt mentioned in the post ms needle linked to) is their monday specials which included 4 dollar beers (im pretty sure) and a selection of small plates and "bites" that i think were marked down from their regular menu prices by a couple bucks an order.

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      jinx Mar 6, 2011 06:52 AM

      So we did go last night and were favorably impressed. The menu shown on the Park Slope Blog page is still current and is fairly ambitious--we liked that it not quite the same old preparations we are seeing everywhere. The room is comfortable and was full by the time we left (8:30ish.) It looks like they are striving for a mix of sophisticated and casual and there's a bit of an disconnect as the room seemed a bit too bright and the bar with two tv's playing doesn't fit into the more upscale feel to the food. Its also a bit odd that they call themselves a wine bar because their wine list is fairly small (maybe 8 reds and 8 whites) but maybe this will expand later. On the very much upside we were happy to see the list so reasonably priced (no bottle over $35 and most well under $30!) An interesting list albeit all small and fairly unknown producers, and we had a very delicious Malbec from Argentina for $24.

      Now to the food. We were greeted with an amuse-bouche of what I believe was a leek custard with a parmesan crisp and a cup of cheese gougeres; all delicious. Amuse-bouche being a really nice touch and again, going for the more upscale feel. We started by sharing the special of tuna tartare which was plated for us separately--another nice touch. Each plate a little mound of tuna mixed with apples and topped with a fantastic sesame seed cracker topped with watercress. Delicious. Then we both had the "Surf and Turf": short-rib ravioli topped with lobster (a small claw and a nice chunk of tail) in a lobster/vanilla fondant with chanterelles and I think parsnips. Admittedly this sounds odd and the plate looked like it perhaps had too much going on that wouldn't mesh, but somehow it all worked well and we devoured every bite. Not a huge portion but very rich so we were plenty full.

      Finally, we opted for the Valhrona molten chocolate cake as we needed the 15 minutes it would take to finish our wine anyway. I know this cake is done to death but this was a great example, with a really intense chocolate flavor and yummy molten-ness.

      I should add that service was excellent all around. Also a big plus that they take reservations. We'll surely be back to try some of the other dishes.

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      Soigne
      486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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      1. re: jinx
        Miss Needle Mar 6, 2011 07:57 AM

        Thanks for your report! I've also been eyeing that surf and turf for a while. Hate the name, but will be looking forward to trying it soon.

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        MRich Mar 7, 2011 01:34 PM

        Menu looks great, hope the food does it justice. Will have to put it on my list of places to try.

        1. Miss Needle Mar 21, 2011 08:54 AM

          The menu is ambitious and the service was very friendly. However, we found some inconsistencies with the execution. The scallops in the pork belly and scallop appetizer were not cooked enough -- they were raw and cold in the center. The lobster in the surf and turf were beautifully cooked but the pasta in the shortrib ravioli were undercooked. The shortribs were also a bit dry -- think it needed a bit more braising liquid. The pork chop and pork belly dish were both overcooked.

          The place does have great potential. The people there are so nice so it's a bit difficult for me to to write this review. I'm hoping to revisit after a while to see if they can work out the kinks.

          btw, I really liked the gougeres (perhaps it was because I had not eaten in 14 hours). But they tasted like a puff version of goldfish crackers or cheese nips (a plus in my eye).

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          Soigne
          486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            secondbecky Mar 25, 2011 07:02 AM

            We made it there last night for restaurant week. I had specifically called earlier in the day to make sure the full menu would be available as well, and the woman who answered had said yes. Of course, when we got there... only the restaurant week menu was available. ugh.

            the gougeres did taste like goldfish! but were wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy oversalty.
            the butternut squash soup was very yummy. Felt weird eating it this season though. Crab cakes were quite delish, but portion was tiny. The bass was just ok, another tiny portion. My mushroom risotto was decent, overly salty again, but I was so hungry having waited a half hour for food that it didn't matter...

            But then dessert came. Dessert blew me away and made up for the rest of the inconsistencies in the meal. Cheesecake was outrageous, the graham cracker crust might have been the best I've ever had, and the raspberries three ways were wonderful. The donuts were like perfectly lightly fried zeppoles with wonderful vanilla and chocolate sauces. YUMMMMMM

            Our waitress was wonderful, and I enjoyed the service, except for the whole full menu not being available thing.

            Overall it was a decent spot, and I will have to go back when the full menu is available.

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            Soigne
            486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            1. re: secondbecky
              Miss Needle Mar 25, 2011 07:51 AM

              I find that portion size may depend on what you order. Appetizers were appropriately sized. Entrees can be a bit of a mix. The surf and turf is on the small side for most people. But the pork chop and pork belly was huge. We ended up taking most of it home. The grilled tuna with cassoulet was smaller than the pork but larger than the surf and turf. Wonder if they made portions smaller for you because it was restaurant week.

              Nice to hear about the desserts. I was really too full to try them but I'll make sure I save enough room next time. I'm hoping that they have a license to have outdoor seating -- because it would be nice to drop by when the weather gets nicer.

          2. Miss Needle May 23, 2011 04:22 PM

            Wanted to report on my brunch experience. It seems that they have changed their 3-course brunch to a more casual one-course. Ordered the burger with Cheddar cheese and bacon onion relish ($14). It was accompanied by truffle fries. Finally! My first juicy burger in Park Slope! About a 7 oz patty, it was nicely cooked that juices dribbled down my hands as I took a bite. The fries were good as well. Also ordered the fried chicken (1 wing, 1 drumstrick, 1 thigh) and cornmeal waffles ($16). Accompanying the waffles was honey. Burger was better as the chicken was a bit overdone and the waffle a bit dry. Both dishes came with either tea, coffee or OJ. Opted for the tea where we had choices of earl grey, darjeeling, decaf darjeeling. Also had a choice of miniature versions of scone, croissant or muffin. The scone and muffin were very good.

            Another nice option for brunch in PS, especially as there wasn't a wait like a few of the neighborhood places.

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            Soigne
            486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              flo Sep 14, 2011 01:23 PM

              It looks closed now. Is it ? So fast ?

              1. re: flo
                Miss Needle Sep 14, 2011 02:01 PM

                They're still on open table (if that means anything). I stopped by on Labor Day but found it closed. I just assumed it was because it was a holiday. Too bad if they've closed for good. Wouldn't be too surprised as it was never really super crowded.

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                  jinx Sep 14, 2011 02:10 PM

                  we had gone back a couple of times and it was good, but the last time we went--about two months ago--it seemed they'd really raised their prices, and at that price point there were just too many other better places to choose from. So it was pretty much off our list for that reason.

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                    jinx Sep 14, 2011 02:18 PM

                    Actually, they are NOT closed. Their Facebook page is up and they just posted on it about an hour ago. So false alarm!

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                      Miss Needle Oct 3, 2011 04:28 PM

                      I was there for dinner again recently. I've had brunch a couple of times there, but this was my second dinner. I'm happy to report that it was a big improvement over my first dinner. Everything was well prepared (got to try 4 appetizers, 4 entrees and one dessert). My only quibble was that there was a pork potato dish that had way too much mustard. Free starters included a chilled potato soup and those addictive cheese puffs. Still, it remains relatively quiet there. I'm afraid it will close unless it gets busier.

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                      Soigne
                      486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              The Cookbook Addict Oct 4, 2011 08:57 AM

              It's funny, we had a meal there that we thought was extremely mediocre. This was a couple of months back. Even though we live quite close my husband is adamant that he doen't think it's worth it to try it again. I liked the burgers but everything else was just meh the night we went (gougeres were dried out, pureed soup was lumpy etc.). Wondering if it is worth it to give it another try based on other people's positive experiences. Has the food been improving?

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              Soigne
              486 6th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              1. re: The Cookbook Addict
                Miss Needle Oct 5, 2011 02:34 PM

                Last weekend, the gougeres weren't dried out and soup was very smooth. But I've never had an issue with the gougeres (I think the gougeres are present at every dinner, but the other amuse changes). Maybe your meal was an aberration. I can say that my dinner there last weekend was a lot better executed than the one I had back in March.

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