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Fougaise in Mpls

JmVikmanis | Nov 28, 2005 03:04 PM

Sure wish this new place was in my neighborhood. It's quite swell. We took a party of 7 for brunch on Sunday and we were impressed all the way around. It's a little hard to find because it occupies a very small street space only about 12 feet wide on Hennepin Ave. across the street from Surdyk's liquor store. The space is long and narrow but beautifully decorated in stripped down fashion. Bare old yellow brick on one wall. Multi colored mosaic behind the very tiny bar. Strings of ball bearing type beads for accent and large canvases with swirls of color. It all comes together around white linen topped tables and high backed muted gold upholstered chairs.

The menu is also modern and stripped down. There were probably only 8 brunch offerings of which our party sampled 6--poached egg over skirt steak, french toast with apples, plain omelette with salad, hamburger with portobello mushroom and perfectly done onions, and my favorite omelette with pork belly and chevre, real comfort food for the day after a party.
Prices ranged from $9 to 16.

We asked to see the dinner menu which was similarly restrained with 6 or so appetizers and a similar number of entrees. Most entree prices were in the $15 to 27 or so range. I don't recall everything but I think they offered a duck entree, chicken, lamb and some fish/shellfish each accompanied by a side or two that sounded perfectly wed to the meat. The wine list was ample and reasonably priced. This is a place that has decided to offer fewer choices but get those they do offer right. From our experience they are well on their way to doing just that.

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