2.02.2007

Napoleon Opens

Napoleon is officially open, and the early word on the food from people who ate there last night is very good. The space has changed dramatically from when it housed Mantis. There's a gold pressed-tin ceiling, bare black tables, ornate chandeliers and a sleek under-lit bar. The champagne lounge downstairs has been transformed from the bare-bones basement it once was to a sleek space with couches and its own bar. The lounge also has a separate menu of smaller plates, including boudin blanc with mustard cream ($5.95), lamp lollipops with cilantro pistachio pesto ($7.95) and a petit salmon fillet with spicy melon puree ($5.95).

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I ate at Napoleon last night and they have some kinks to work on. My tomato basil soup was served room temparture, my fries tasted like Ore-Ida quality, and my dessert had the look and taste of something straight out of a wrapper. I'll give it another shot because it is so new, but I was pretty disappointed! Good looking place, though.

Amanda said...

Sorry to hear that. Sounds like they've been pretty slammed, so hopefully things will be smoother next time.

Anonymous said...

We ate there last night for Valentine's Day and it was absolutely TERRIBLE! The bottle of wine we ordered took 20 minutes to get to us, the waiter didn't have us taste it (clearly didn't know what he was doing), one entree came out totally wrong (chicken instead of pork), the other entree (steak) was cold and the sauce was different than what was on the menu. When my entree came out, it looked like a frozen TV dinner - mashed potatoes with no taste, huge 'pork tenderloin' was really a chop with a ton of breading on it. Then, the dessert crepe with strawberries and bananas did not have fresh stawberries but some frozen, jellied looking things.

To top it all off, the bill was $115! It was freezing cold, loud and the service totally stunk.

We live around the corner and really hoped that the place would make it but not this one... there are more than kinks to be worked out, the entire experience needs an overhaul!

Anonymous said...

Just retruned from a wonderful brunch. Gotta hand it to them, opening just before V-Day takes great courage. I encourage you to play to their strengths for a while. The crepes are magnificent and well presented. We sat right by the door and we were warm and cozy. We live right down the block and are delighted to have another great option in the hood.

Amanda said...

Opening right around V Day is almost as ambitious as opening during Restaurant Week!