Le Crocodile

French in Downtown & West End

Tucked into a side street in an unassuming building that resembles a cast-off from a shopping mall, this excellent Parisian-style dining room is right up there with the city's top-end best. Instead of focusing on experimental shenanigans that only please the chefs, it's perfected a menu of classic French dishes, each prepared with consummate cooking skill and served by perfect, snob-free wait staff.

Try the sumptuous slow-braised lamb shank, washed down with a smashing bottle from the mother country, or treat yourself to the five-course chef's tasting menu ($85).