A line before the door opened

Chez Nous on a Sunday evening was at capacity from six o’clock. The prix fixe dinner may be a bit more than you remember if it’s been a while (although still under $25) but remains a great bargain, including a choice of three entrees; soup, salad, and pate choices to begin; and that super-giant bowl of chocolate mousse for dessert (there is at least one other dessert with the fixed-price menu, but we’re not among those who even remember what it is). A great a la carte dessert is the plate of profiteroles (cream puffs filled with ice cream and topped with fudge sauce). Last night’s three were a steak dish and two different fish preparations. The pommes dauphine (potato puffs) were as pleasing as ever. Not having dined on a Sunday for quite some time, we were surprised to hear music beginning at about 7:30 pm. Playing for tips was some permutation of an aggregation called Paris 49, new to us. The volume in the small space did not interfere with conversation, but the quality of the musicianship, both instrumental and vocal, did bring talk to a halt just for the pure pleasure of listening. As always, Chez Nous attracted diners from the very dressed up to the very dressed down. As always, the expresso was a supreme example of its kind, as was the immortal vinaigrette dressing for the green salad.

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