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Maybe they just looked at your pictures and decided not to go?

Or it may mean that the board is biased because of features unrelated to the food*. There's nothing wrong with such a bias because we know restaurants are not about food, but Wilfrid and Instagram tog

Still pretty hard, although more last moment cancellations being put online recently. 

 

A few weeks ago I got a 7.45 pm table by looking up Le Coucou on OpenTable after 6 o'clock. That table hadn't been there an hour earlier.

 

So the pigeon was no good? I was sorely tempted to order one of the birds, but my dinner companion wanted the sole [what exactly are the grapes supposed to do for sole Véronique?].  My last meal was fine [i thought we'd ordered wrong, but I'd let my friend, who'd never been to Le Coucou, be the decider], even if I don't know if I'd call it Michelin star-worthy. The people were pretty though, and dressed much better than me.

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A pretty big weekend for us, this past one, with a fairly major birthday, and an anniversary as well.

 

Started on Thursday night, with dinner at Frenchette. Friday followed, dinner here at Le Coucou. Saturday - Aquavat. Last night, Sunday, Maialino.

 

Unquestionably, in my opinion, the best cooking was here at Le Coucou.  And even though we ordered "light," (i.e. 2 starters, 2 mains) comps were sent out from the kitchen, including like a 5 oz. piece of foie, so it killed my philosophy of trying to eat a whole meal here by ordering light.  The Paris Brest dessert was delicious. But the dish that blew us both away was:

 

Chou Farci aux Fruits de Mer -  lobster and scallop stuffed cabbage, pineau de la Loire. So great. Didn't see chef.

 

At Aquavit, while everything was beautifully plated, I found my meal leaning a little too much to the sweet side, which is weird for that kind of food, no? 

 

Where I'd race back to, in terms of room fun, would have to be Frenchette. The crowd at Le Coucou, on a Friday night, just isn't exactly my cup of tea. And I'm pretty sure I'm not theirs. Great service at Le Coucou, to be sure.

 

COMP DISCLOSURE: That giant hunk of foie. Another app.

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At Aquavit, while everything was beautifully plated, I found my meal leaning a little too much to the sweet side, which is weird for that kind of food, no? 

 

She might be a bit more into incorporating fruits into her savory dishes than Jernmark was - maybe related to having been a pastry chef for years? Dunno. Certainly has its place in Swedish cuisine, though, lingonberries and apples especially. Fruit soups are big wintertime thing. There's a dish called Blabarspalt (if I'm spelling that right?) - which I've never had, only heard about - that's some sort of blueberry dumpling served as a savory course. And Swedish mustard is very sweet compared to, say, Dijon and the like. It's been a spell since I've had dinner there, though. 

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