As promised, here's a recap of our dinner at Fleur de Lys for my husband's 30th birthday.
First, I have to say that the food was excellent. We ordered off the a la carte menu instead of the tasting menu because we wanted to order as many different things as possible.
We started with the symphony of appetizers (six or seven samples of things like scallop cake, smoked salmon with caviar, chilled asparagus soup, and more), which was a great value for $18. We also had the pan-seared Hudson Valley foie gras on a disk of polenta in a duck consomme. Delish!!! Then, we had the truffle and white bean soup with duck, which was also very good and elegantly served from a soup tureen.
For our entrees, my husband had the sea bass with garlic mashed potatoes. The flavors were great, but the fish was a tad dry. I had the filet mignon in a balsamic reduction, which was extremely tender and flavorful. The best I've had.
We had the fall sampler dessert platter and the fuyu persimmon delice for dessert. The sampler was great and included a pumpkin puree, sweet potatoes, some other things I can't remember. But the persimmon delice was so-so. I don't know much about delices, but all I remember was that the dish didn't taste like persimmon, and I love fuyu persimmons.
Although the food was great, I thought the overall experience was not as good as I expected. I made reservations almost two months in advance via OpenTable.com for last Thursday evening. On my reservation, I asked for two things: a quiet table, and a special presentation during dessert since we were celebrating a birthday. Neither of those requests were fulfilled.
When we got to the restaurant, we were seated at a two-top awkwardly placed next to the large centerpiece in the middle of the room. The table was cramped and the noise level was ridiculous! Since we saw several other tables that were empty, we asked to be moved to one of those. They were very gracious about that, but the maitre d gave us some lame excuse about that being the best table in the house.
Also, there were at least four tables around us that also celebrating birthdays. Each of those parties received the complentary petit fours on a beautiful gold platter with Happy Birthday writing and a candle inside a cookie tower. However, when our petit fours arrived, there was no special presentation.
Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed. I didn't speak up at the time because I didn't want to put a damper on the evening, but I was sure to write a letter to the restaurant the next day. The good thing was that my husband didn't notice a thing and raved about the food for days.
Thanks, everyone, for your great advice! The bottom line is that my husband had a blast!!!