L'Angelus French Restaurant
I normally don't like French food, so I was quite surprised to find that I had a really enjoyable meal here (85 Club Street, 6225-6897). Granted, I picked two dishes that I do have a bit of a preference towards, but I liked them enough that I think I would have liked plenty of the other items too.
I started with the escargot, which came recommended by a colleague. This was different, as they came in individual cups, each topped with a crouton. And this wasn't just any crouton. This thing, upon biting into it, amazingly squirted out so much butter that it was almost like biting into some fruit and having the juice gush out, all the while still staying crispy. There was also a bit of tomato sauce or something at the bottom or the cup, which gave the snail a bit of an unexpected red streak. But yeah, this thing was loaded with butter and garlic, and went down very easily.
Next up was the steak tartare, which they mixed for you tableside, complete with your choice of garnishes and degree of spiciness. While the meat was a bit chunkier than I'd like, this was a pleasure to eat too. Finally did I find some tartare with enough "ooomph" to get me excited like some that I had in Spain a good while back. The accompanying fries were also surprisingly straightforward (a good thing).
Not all was perfect. There was some caked-on food stuck to both my fork as well as napkin when I sat down, but who cares? I think this is one of the few French meals that I have actually really liked. I may just have to return again. No wonder why my colleague likes this place so much.