I think we've tried to visit Pascal's several times, but for whatever reason it just didn't happen. But Saturday we finally made it! And it was fantastic.
We didn't do the tasting menu. But it looks good.
We ordered, of course, the foie gras as an appetizer. It won out ~ just barely~ over the escargot. It's not often when I see foie on a menu that we don't get it. Unfortunately, it was the least favorite dish of the night though. Overcooked, and over salted. I could still eat twelve pounds of it, but I wouldn't enjoy it near as much as when it's done right. Here they have plated with what seems to be baked or grilled pears. They just weren't sweet enough to cut through all that salt though. And the fois was just rubbery.
OK, now this dish (below) was one of the best things I have had in a loooong time! It was thyme crusted sea bass. It just worked, with the sauce and the buttery crust. It was fantabulous!
Theo's dish rocked it as well... he got the rabbit with wild mushrooms. Both his rabbit and crispy fingerling potatoes came in their own cast iron pots, which made for a very authentic French presentation. His rabbit was so good - fall apart tender and it was swimming in a rich, mushroomy sauce.
They weren't very busy, maybe only half full, so I felt like we were there on a Tuesday rather than a Saturday... and it was as quiet as could be. Some music would have been nice for atmosphere and just creates a background buzz that you're used to hearing in busier restaurants. Dead quiet makes you feel like you're in a place that can't wait for you to leave so they can close. Just a suggestion.
Our server was very pleasant and friendly though, but seemed to maybe be handling the entire room alone? That also would be authentically French though. :)