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L'Orangerie Report- 2/15

JudiAU | Feb 17, 2004 06:08 PM

Notice: No women wearing red feather boas were abused in writing of this report.

My husband surprised me with a Valentine's Dinner at L'Orangerie on Sunday. We always schedule holiday dinners one day off to avoid the busiest period.

Pre-fix with four choices per course. Option of three course $90 or four course $110 meal. We choose the three course meal and were glad we did.

Wonderful meal with perfect service and even more perfect food. L'Orangerie seems to be the one place in Los Angeles where one does not suffer on a holiday.

Amuse buche of a bright tomato essence topped with eggplant puree with North African flavors. Very modern French flavor. Excellent start to the meal. Nice foil to the champagne. Can't imagine where they got the tomatoes.

Theme: One dish with a humble ingredient perfected and one luxury ingredient showcased per course.

I had the classic eggs with sevruga caviar. The eggs are served in the shell with a very pretty presentation. Dreamy good. I wish I could prepare eggs this well.

My husband has local rock lobster wrapped in filo. Perfectly cooked and fried, again a light fusion touch. Very best quality shellfish.

I had a dish of dover sole with morels and fava beans with a butter sauce. Classic.

Husband had boiled chicken. Yes, boiled chicken. But this is a perfect chicken of noble birth, cosseted throughout it's time on earth, dispatched with dignity and care, barded with truffles, baked in a clay pot nestled under a salt crust, served with truffled potatoes that were outstanding and a rival to Spago's copper pot.

Dessert: Chocolate soufflé with chocolate sauce and a huge, heavy silver pot of whipped cream and a nicely done, not overly sweet crepes suzette.

Good husband. Happy wife.

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