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Aug 13, 2011 05:29 PM

Rice pudding...

Is it possible to go to l'Ami Jean and perhaps sit at the bar just for the rice pudding?

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  1. Very,very small bar. Usually crammed with diners waiting for a table and the coat rack flu of coats in the winter.

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    1. re: PhilD

      Okay...but say we go during warm weather, near the end of dinner service? I guess I am asking if this would be considered tacky, or just unusual. Or fine.

      1. re: betheroo

        Who knows? But it is a very,very small bar that isn't in a separate room, it is simply the bar area next to the front door. The last tables are seated between 10:00 to 10:30pm so you could try after 11:00. If it is busy they do often move diners from tables to the two stools at the bar (literally two stools - I don't believe there are more) for a digestive in order to free up tables. So if there is space you could try - I give you a 5% chance.

        1. re: PhilD

          Well, I guess if I am feeling lucky I will give it a go....thank!

    2. Might be easier after lunch service. When l go for lunch we tend to 'close' the place and note the new bar maiden comes in @ 3:30, if memory serves, thus 2:45 to 3 might work. Little better chance than Phil D feels at diner, but not much. Do not know if considered tacky though.

      1. I strongly doubt that 1. one can go to Chez L'Ami Jean and order only dessert (not exactly considered tacky but just not done in restaurants), and 2. be sat at the bar if one is not a regular of the house. I've only seen friends of the chef and winemakers, producers, etc. who were sat there in "we'll squeeze you in" mode for a last minute seating.

        Give it a try, but I'd call before and ask, just to make sure.

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        1. re: Ptipois

          I share the same doubt. The restaurant is normally a little busier than busy, and many hounds, including regulars, have complained about the frenzy (while others like it). Even regulars who drop by in mid-afternoon to say hello to the chef try to be as low-key and unobtrusive as possible and not make any demands to the waitstaff.
          I have never seen people drop by and order as though in a pastry shop.

        2. I have to ask why you would want to do this rather than enjoy it at the end of a fine meal here.