Four of us dined here on a recent Friday night. Based on only this one visit, we all agreed that this is a fine culinary addition to downtown St Paul. The saffron mussel soup, an amuse bouche for only $3 and served in a demitasse sized cup, was splendid. The sweet pea veloute, a soup wonderfully flavored with ham, was very nice. A first course of sea scallops ceviche, scallops sliced horizontally and served in a mild lemon sauce, met with everyone's approval, although no wasabi could be detected by anyone; it might need a bit more acidity. Among us, we had two halibut and two pork chop entrees. The halibut, a fish easy to overcook, was perfectly moist inside with a sugar and snow pea puree and cippolinis. Very good. A minor quibble: the advertised white truffle emulsion was evanescent and neither added nor subtracted from the preparation. The pork chop, ahhhh, the pork chop, is not your mama's nor any roadhouse's version. All of us agreed that this pig would've been proud; as it is, the chef should be. A wonderful sauce and mascarpone polenta made this an entree worth returning for. The hazelnut mousse cake and chocolate torte ended the evening on a fitting note. The ambience of the restaurant reminds one of a French bistro. It's a rather small place with no noise-softening surfaces at all. The result, like so many restaurants, is an annoyingly high decibel level. Why not aim for something in between silence and 80 decibels? Our Gallic waiter was pleasant and prompt and paced the courses well. I can't resist a comment now on the screaming child issue described in previous reviews. I'll never understand parents who bring humans to fine restaurants who are too young to use a toilet without assistance (maybe that should be the criterion). Since I wasn't there during the incident, I can't address this individual case, but I would ask such parents: Are you that inconsiderate in other aspects of your lives? I'm guessing, yes.
Pros: Fine provender on our first visit.
Cons: Too loud, like so many.