Auguste is made up of 2 rooms, modern art, and nice but not overly friendly service. Tables are set with placemats and with no music the background noise is almost non-existent. At lunch it offers a 3 course tasting menu as well as a la carte and specially priced house wine by the glass. It is a fairly good deal. We chose the tasting menu and house wines. For the tasting you have 2 choices for each course.
For an amuse bouche they brought out gougères, rice mousse and herring eggs in a buckwheat crust. All were fine but not memorable. Bread was set out by the piece with butter. The bread had a nice chew.
Our menu started with red mullet in a froth of carrots and ginger and red beet root pulp. Pickles were sliced into the dish which had a strong taste. The dish had lots of flavors from the perfectly cooked ingredients. It was okay.
The roast duck was enhanced with sliced Trumpet Royal mushrooms and placed on top of blueberry goo. The duck was rare but tough and had a hint of liver. The sauces blended well with the meat but I’d rate it as average.
For dessert we chose the hazelnut soufflé served with yogurt ice cream. The ice cream was topped with crisp nuts but the taste was too tart to blend nicely with the soufflé. The soufflé was mildly flavored but missed the usual addition of cream. It seemed silly to pick yogurt rather than vanilla ice cream to be the accompaniment.
With our coffee, served on an interesting plate, they presented some after dinner treats – apricot and almond pastry which was very good and pear and citrus gel with was just sweet.