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Lacroix report

Bride of the Juggler | Nov 11, 2002 07:25 PM

JugglerDave and I went to Lacroix last night for our anniversary.

The decor was more modern then I expected, but very warm. We were seated by the windows that overlook the square. That view will be stunning at night after they put up the holiday decorations in the park.

The menu is a tasting menu, you select the number of plates you want. While it is divided into 'first plate, second plate, etc." these are simply suggestions and you may pick your plates from anywhere on the menu and in any order. You have a choice of 3, 4, or 5 plates for $55, $65, and $75 respectively.

First I had the sable fish in lemon emulsion with Peruvian potatoes. It was perfectly done, with a thin crispy skin. The light lemon sauce was perfect for letting the flavor and texture of the fish shine. JugglerDave had the sweetbreads with "two preparations", which were expertly prepared.

Second I had a pumpkin soup with a small leek flan in the middle. It was deliciously spicy, and the smooth flan was a nice flavor and texture contrast. JugglerDave had the duck terrine. The terrine itself was great, but the confit on the side was out of this world! There was a third preparation which was a vinegary preserved duck.

Third I had the seared tuna with a red wine reduction sauce, which frankly was exactly the same as any other seared tuna with red wine reduction sauce around this town. JugglerDave had the lamb, which came as both perfectly rare chops and a side dish "second preparation" small rich stew with potatoes.

The dessert menu looked pedestrian. I actually had deja vu that I'd seen it before. Tahitian creme brulee, Valrhona chocolate souffle, etc. I had the apple Napoleon. It had no cream layers, just pastry, very carmelized apples in a strongly cider-y sauce. JugglerDave had the chocolate pate, which was surprisingly light, with a lovely orange essence to it.

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