129, rue Saint Dominique (7)
Great look. Warm welcome. Good food, but on one Sunday night, few French in sight. Still, a good Sunday choice. Very popular. Always busy. Obama’s new favorite. Do not sit upstairs.
A recent Saturday night showed a full house, mostly French. Good food, careful service and new blackboard specials.
Quite good. Limited menu plus specials and plats du jour.
Professional, but can be overburdened. Noticeably well- managed.
Re-reading my early review of Fontaine de Mars, subsequently tweaked once or twice, it does not do the restaurant justice.
This is not exciting food, but it is very good food, at a restaurant we have returned to again and again since the beginning of the Diary. It is very well managed, consistent, dependable and increasingly French, notwithstanding the Obama’s date night and the Americans who followed. A recent dinner on a Sunday night was largely French, the restaurant relatively full, the food good and the portions large, with several less predictable dishes. It is the perfect restaurant to take visiting American friends. It looks (and is) very French, and though it rarely surprises, so does it rarely disappoint.