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Dinner at La Folie (a bit long)

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Dinner at La Folie (a bit long)

Monty | Jun 25, 2005 11:17 AM

It's my wife's birthday so I decided to take her to La Foliie both because we'd not eaten there before and it's received very good reviews on this board. Well, first of all, all the raves are more than correct, it was in a word "outstanding."

The room is lovely, somewhat subdued but very pretty. We were seated at a two top in the front window looking out on Polk St. It's kind of "one-way" we could see out but you didn't have to worry about people looking in. It was a 6:30 reservation (made on Open Table), arrived at that time and were seated at once. The wine list, drink list arrived quickly along with the water request. Champange was offered and accepted.

Shortly our server, a wonderful lady, brought the menus and explained a couple of specials. They also brought a basket of black truffles over, big ones, which were being offered shaved on any course at $10/half ounce. As we perused the menu bread was offered, choice of a small sourdough bun, a mini sweet bagette and I believe an olive bun. Butter was in a small terrine and at the perfect temp.

My wife was entralled by the "Menu L'Adventure", prix fixe at $85 and also prix selected except for dessert. It consists of the more "exotic" items offered. Last night it was frog leg soup, Sturgeon, a warm terrine of pigs feet, sweetbreads and lobster on a lentil salad, rabbit three ways (somewhat like Town Hall, only much prettier and tastier) and then the dessert choice.

I had the 4 course prix fixe. Starter was seared Sonoma foie gras and was it awesome. It was the largest piece I've ever been served, I would call it an entree size piece. Was seared perfectly and was just perfect, could almost feel my arteries clogging. I also had the fresh Sturgeon followed by the Rôti of Quail and Squab stuffed with Mushrooms, Crispy Potato Strings, and natural Jus with Truffles. What a lovely dish. Dessert for me was coffee creme brulee with house made cookies while my wife had a fresh strawberry napoleon. Both were outstanding.

Wine pairings were offered with both menus and that's what we did. I had zero complaints as all wines worked very well both for my wife and for me. They were a very friendly pour in nice stemware. The wine for the next course was always there prior to that course being served.

For those of you who love to eat (and who on this forum doesn't) this is a place that serves great food and plenty of it. While the plates are very pretty and beautifully composed, they contain LOTS of food, not little bites like French Laundry. I was unable to finish the Quail/Squab and the dessert and I can usually "clean my plate." We could have taken home a pretty nice "doggy bag" but didn't.

So, anyone interested in a simply wonderful evening for a special occasion this is the spot. It had it all, service, food and style. There was never a wait between courses, the entire meal flowed perfectly. My only complaint was the chairs, they were hard, needed a pad. Wow, what a horrible compalint..

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