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Posted by melissa on 03/14/2014
If you have been missing real food, eat at Le Paddock. They'll serve you a Pork Chop so thick you'll need to take some home. The arugula salad comes with aged gouda and cranberries which was so delicious I didn't want to share with my boyfriend. I know a lot about food - and the choices on this menu are above par for the course. They serve up things you don't see on other menus but keep the classic french style. What a winning combination. I'll spend my paycheck here just so long as I can find someone to sit across from me to enjoy the romantic atmosphere, the really friendly waiters, and the warmth. Go here often and get some real food - you will need to pay - but this restaurant belongs on Smith Street and can compete with all those seasonal snobby places any day.
Posted by anonymous on 01/05/2013
Yesterday, 1/4/13 I treated a good friend to dinner here. There were only one other set of patrons there so we arrived at a good time (approx. 5:50pm). I had the sea bass and my friend had the lamb shank and both were very good. We each had one glass of wine. I confess I didn't pay too much attention to the prices -- I mean it's Kensington, Bklyn after all. Well, to my surprise -- with tip -- I spent over $90! Unbelievable. I'd go back again, but will try the pizza or burger for a more reasonably priced meal. And btw, we arrived at a great time because about 20 mins in, the place began to fill up, complete with parents and their children &/or strollers which changed the mood of the place considerably.
Posted by Jeff S on 03/18/2012
My friends and I have eaten dinner here 4 times and each time the food gets better and better. The service is very friendly and casual. Nothing pretentious. They have a very nice selection of wine and beer. I have also eaten brunch here once and thought it was very good at a very reasonable price. I don't know why a previous reviewer said the portions were small. I found them to be big enough to be quite filling and satisfying. I definitely will be a regular customer at Le Paddock.
Posted by Maggy on 02/18/2012
The food was very tasty, but the portions were tiny. We each ordered the same one of the specials of scallops with puree of parsnips...both of which were quite good, but we each received only 5 medium size scallops. This was shown as an entree (23 bucks each), not an appetizer. Our meal, which consisted of just the entrees and two glasses of wine, came out to over 80 bucks with tax and tip, which I would not have felt unreasonable, had we both not left still hungry.
Posted by jackie on 01/01/2012
my husband and i drive from cobble hill for the burgers and other wonderful fare. the food is not expensive by new brooklyn standards. the roasted garlic appetizer is delicious. the pizza is perfect. they are friendly and the wine list is extensive for a small restaurant. they are always changing and perfecting the menu. the bread is baked in their wonderful wood oven, so it is always hot and crusty.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/04/2011
My girlfriend and I went for brunch today and I ordered the croque madame and she had the baked eggs. She enjoyed her eggs thoroughly after sending them back for a little extra cooking time. However, my croque was made on stale (and soggy) white bread with canadian bacon and barely melted cheese. The egg topping the whole thing was covered in soot from the pan. And it was not hot. The salad accompanying it had dressing on it clearly, but I couldnt taste anything. The fries were good. I was kinda shy but my girlfriend spoke up and the lovely waitress compted my meal. I was really pleasantly surprised about that. I will def go back to give it another shot. Ambiance was nice too, if not a big loud at times when crowded. Oh, coffee was weak, too, but fresh OJ was nice. Get it with the brunch deal or it's $5 by itself (ridiculous).
Posted by Anonymous on 11/18/2011
I've been to Le Paddock three times now and won't go back. First visit: the waiter could not explain the cheeses or the wines. Second visit: almost unbearably smoky air thanks to a wood-burning oven that lacks ventilation; instead of a booster seat for our toddler we were given a grimy old plastic seat that's made for bathtub use; the service and timing were poor (those of us who had ordered kitchen entrees got their food a good 15 minutes before the pizzas for the others were served); the chicken/orzo dish that one if us had was soggy and mushy. My third and final visit (a date night): the air quality was even worse than the previous time; a conversation was almost impossible because of the noise level (the volume of the music was not turned down even after I'd asked for it -- and even the waiter misunderstood my drink order); the "homemade" bread tasted like toasted baguette; the service was confusing (too many people are involved in waiting one table); and the "juicy salmon served skin-side up" was completely overcooked, there was no skin, and the ratatouille was as mushy as the chicken dish we'd ordered last time had been. Le Paddock wants to be something it is not (and certainly charges the prices it could charge if it actually were that place). Three tries were enough for me. Le Paddock's Pizza Forestiere with truffle oil is delicious, but it just doesn't make up for all of the place's failings.