THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Pavil Restaurant & Bar
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THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES Pavil Restaurant & Bar Restaurant Review: THIS RESTAURANT HAS CHANGED NAMES TO BRASSERIE PAVIL. Major money was lavished upon the city’s only brasserie---only to have the label dropped, along with most things French on the menu. Massive mirrors and miles of brass still dazzle, however, and if certain unfamiliar dishes such as duck rillettes have met their maker, there are the escargots in puff pastry to compensate (former chef Scott Cohen has left the restaurant). Start with the impeccable oysters and continue through the duck leg confit salad to pan-seared wild sea scallops in black butter or a daily special such as the earthy cassoulet in either the classic or vegetable version. Try the sole Côte d’Azur, a re-baptized wild lemon sole that's been sautéed. We're neutral on steaks such as the hanger with passable frites, but Thursday’s braised lamb shanks are first-rate. The well-wrought wine list is still strong on French selections, and its dry rosés are perfect for both San Antonio and the setting. Desserts such as crêpes are subversive. End the evening with a glass of la fée verte (absinthe) at the long, zinc bar counter.