I had dinner at Lacroix in the Rittenhouse for the first time last night. I always loved the Fountain Room when Chef Lacroix was there so, about a year ago -- just after they opened -- I had lunch at Lacroix. While I was a little disappointed I attributed that to the restaurant's newness. After hearing a lot of good things about the place (as well as some bad things), I thought I would give it another try. Unfortunately, I was disappointed again.
Despite the fact that I am not a big eater and restaurants are one of my few indulgences, I left hungrier and poorer than I had anticipated.
The dinner menu -- like my lunch -- gives the option of a three, four, or five course meal (plus complimentary dessert) for which the prix fixe ranges from about $58 to $80. While none of the courses are designated as appetizer or entre, some of the dishes are lighter than others. The menu offers a nice range of interesting dishes skillfully prepared in unusual ways.
On the positive side, the room is attractive, the view of Rittenhouse Square is beautiful, the presentations are stunning and the food is very tasty. But, the servings are nearly microscopic and set on huge white platters. There are literally a few bites in most of the offerings. I've never had an experience like this in any other restaurant. It was almost like something you would see in a satire of a classic French restaurant.
As a result, I couldn't avoid the feeling that I wanted more. And, for the price -- $315 for 3 people before tip -- I really felt that I deserved more.
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