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D'floret: Chef Dennis Foy brings upscale French/Modern cuisine to Lambertville (and the price is right)


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D'floret: Chef Dennis Foy brings upscale French/Modern cuisine to Lambertville (and the price is right)

famdoc | | Jul 16, 2012 04:03 PM

Lambertville is fast becoming a dining destination, as the search for a parking spot there on recent Friday and Saturday will evidence. Our long-time favorite is Hamilton's Grill Room, but we've recently tried Brian's, which proved to be quite good (although noisy when crowded and, according to another hound, a bit hot during the summer. Here's a link to a recent thread about Brian's: Now, open just four weeks, is D'floret, which we visited recently.

The first thing you'll notice is that D'floret is NOT located at 18 S. Main St., despite the address given on the restaurant's web site. It is located just around the corner from 18 S. Main St. on Ferry St.
When you call to reserve a table (and reservations, at least on weekends, are a must, as the restaurant seats fewer than 30 indoors and, perhaps 24 outdoors), you'll be asked whether you want restaurant seating or grill seating. This is an important distinction, as the restaurant and the grill have different menus and different chefs. The grill area is actually a back yard to the restaurant and is more casual.
Not sure what they'll do in case of inclement weather. My comments below will pertain only to the restaurant.

The restaurant is brightly decorated with large canvases which, I believe, were painted by the chef, who doubles as an artist. You'll also be impressed with the fabric covered light fixture which provides soft lighting throughout the room. The walls are painted white, reflecting the ambient light. A Nakashima panel separates the dining room from the open kitchen (nice touch, as George Nakashima worked his entire career in nearby New Hope and his daughter continues his craftsmanship in the original workshop).

Upon entering, you are promptly greeted and brought to your seat by Chef Foy's wife, Estella.
There were at least three waiters/busboys working the floor, along with Estella. Service was usually attentive, although at peak times servers were a bit taxed.

I have no prior experience with Dennis Foy's cuisine, but he apparently has many fans of his prior efforts in New Jersey. At least one couple seated alongside us came to Lambertville from Princeton because they had been fans of Foy at his previous location.

Cuisine can be described as modern American with French touches. The menu is simple: choose from four appetizers priced at $10 each or four "signature" appetizers priced at $12 each. Then choose from one of six main courses priced at $25. There was a supplement on one of the main courses, although I can't remember what is was nor how much the supplement was. Desserts are all house made and were price at $8. The restaurant is BYO, so an average check for two comes in between $80 and $100, which is very fair for Lambertville and comparable to Brian's and slightly lower than Hamilton's Grill Room.

We started with a non-dairy pea soup, which was served chilled and nicely flavored with ginger. We also started with a tian of crab, which proved to be a generously-sized crab cake, held together with dijon mustard (not gobs of mayonnaise and bread crumbs, as so often you encounter).

Our mains were a perfectly-done salmon filet and a sauteed whole golden trout served over soba noodles and edamame. The trout arrived whole and, indeed, golden. The fish was done just to the point of crispness of the skin and was delightful. I generally shun photography in restaurants, but had to snap a quick one of my fish before I attacked it. I'll share that photo with you, below.
The amount of trout was most generous for the price. In fact, I had enough to toss over my salad for lunch the next day.

D'floret is a keeper. We were most satisfied with the price, quality, service and ambiance. Highly recommended. Leave enough time to park if you visit on a Friday or Saturday and remember to walk around the corner from the posted address.