Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tuesday Night: La Villette

Towards the end of  one year, my friends thought that we weren't hanging out enough. It's true, we weren't. So they started Tuesday night get-togethers. Every Tuesday, we'll pick a bar to drink, eat, and hang out for a couple of hours. Whoever can make it will attend. If you're busy, it's okay. There's always next week. So this is Tuesday Nights on Tasty Eating where you will find bars that serve food and how we like them.

On this recent Tuesday Night, we headed out to: La Villette
In honor of our upcoming trip to France, we decided to go to a brasserie to discuss our impending plans. La Villette seemed to be a good fit with it's easy food menu. We arrived to a sparsely filled room but enough patrons to keep them busy. I wasn't extremely hungry and didn't order too much. I started with the tomato tart ($9) which is a puff pastry topped with tomatoes and ementhal cheese. It was just okay. The puff pastry wasn't rested over a rack and got a bit soggy underneath. Otherwise, it was simple and tasty.
Ms. Lollipop started with the Octopus Carpaccio ($12) which looked like a good amount for an appetizer. Luckily, it was a light dish and was simply dressed with a spicy vinaigrette.
For her second course, she had the Snails and Lobster on Puff Pastry ($14). Very nice presentation.
Mr. Matzoh Ball had the Roasted Salmon and Tabouleh ($24). It was quite the vertical plating.
I had originally ordered the braised rabbit with mustard but they had just received their shipment of rabbit and it wasn't prepped. So instead, I ordered the Moules Frites ($19) which was excellent. Plump juicy mussels in a garlicky white wine sauce. Hardly any dead or cracked mussels. The accompanying fries were cooked properly being crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
Overall, I enjoyed the food here. It wasn't anything special but it's a solid choice at fair prices. There was, however, a miscommunication with the ordering. Mr. M&P had ordered the country pate and the grilled calamari. He wanted one to start and the other as his entree. Well, the miscommunication was that an entree is not the main dish in France. Instead, it's the dish served before the main. He received both dishes at the same time everyone else received their starters. This seemed weird and inconsistent since some people opted out of a starter and just had a main dish. In fact, the whole ordering seemed off since a lot of the dishes went to the wrong people at first. We played switcheroo with almost every dish. In the end, everyone did receive their correct dish but the mood was soured. Personally, I think it was the fault of both parties. Yes, entrees are not main dishes in France and yes we are in NYC. Doesn't mean either one is completely at fault for not assuming the other.

La Villette
10 Downing Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-0300


  1. that is some good looking octopus

    and the weirdest plating of salmon I have ever seen.

    1. I like pretty plating but the kind that's not conducive to cutting into the dish is kind of dumb.


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