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fleur de sel--report

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fleur de sel--report

camille | Mar 16, 2001 05:02 PM

Just wanted to report that I had an absolutely amazing lunch at Fleur de Sel (20th St. between Broadway and Fifth). The staff is charming and friendly but not intrusive, and the room is small and cozy (though a bit sterile--I think because the curtains were closed, so it was a bit dark, plus it seemed a bit bare, despite the owner's paintings on the wall). I had a terrific green salad--if you thought these were boring, this one came dressed in a tart and tangy fruity vinagrette with slices of yam. Next, succulent scallops in a honey-cranberry gastric--delicious, with delicate slice of dried apple on top and potato puree served family style in the middle of the table for everyone. (Both my lunch partners and I had the scallops and were soaking up every bit of the gastric with them. So tasty.) But dessert was the piece de resistance--a fabulous apple crepe served flat, like a pancake, soft and tender on the bottom but sweet and tart and crispy and gooey on top, where the apples sat in a shiny caramelized glaze. Served with creme fraiche, but it didn't need it. And the coffee comes in individual presses. $30 prix fixe, and worth every penny (of course, I wasn't buying!).

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