Brasserie du Soleil
908 Eastwood Rd.
I wonder how long I can blog about the pommes frites at Brasserie and still hold anyone's attention? Man, those things rock. Best fries in town, hands-down. Crisp on the outside, fluffy tender on the inside, just salty enough - now I probably sound like Florence Henderson doing a Wesson Oil commercial. Anyway, they're perfect, and I love me some. They serve them with aioli and ketchup, both good.
About the restaurant - it's bustling, kind of loud, boisterous, and fun. If you're looking for a silent dinner, don't go here. I think it's great. They have seating outside (which right now I can't bear to think about since the heat index is around a hundred). It overlooks the fountain and courtyard at Lumina Station and in better weather, is very pleasant.
The wine list is tops, without being ridiculous. I love a place that offers a sane number of wines by the glass. You are more assured of getting a fresh serving, just for starters, and it's not overwhelming. The house wines are good quality.
The Brasserie Salad allows you to build your favorite from a large list of fresh ingredients. And they are all fresh - at least the ones I've used on the salads I've built. They've got some stuff on that list, too -- everything from bacon (yay!) to beets (boo!). (I know. It's a limitation of mine. But I'm willing to live with it.)
The onion soup is the way it should be - brothy, not too heavy, full of smoky, caramelized onion flavor. For lunch, that and a salad are perfect (well, perfect if I get to split an order of pommes frites with someone).But if you want something a little heavier, their Kobe Pastrami sandwich (with pommes frites) or their Croque Monsieur (with pommes frites) or one of their burgers (with pommes frites) are all delicious.
Dinners - I love the duck and the steak au poivre. On one occasion when we went with a large group, my dinner companions gave thumbs up to the fettucine, the filet, and the chicken. And the pommes frites. By dessert, my memory gets fuzzy - I remember it vaguely, but not well enough to assess it accurately. (Did I mention the wine list?)
It's not cheap, but it's not obscenely expensive either. Nice for a fun night out with friends where conversation, wine and fries flow freely.