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Opinions on Le Papillon and La Foret, San Jose?

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Opinions on Le Papillon and La Foret, San Jose?

Susan Mernit | Jan 28, 2002 09:52 AM

We recently visited both La Foret and Le Papillon in San Jose. I wondered if others have been there, and what you thought?
Le Foret had very traditional French food in a very informal, club room atmosphere--the ambiance was San jose ranchers going out for food that would make their wives happy.,,in other words, a disconnect between the look of the room and the diners and the style of the food itself. The food was also styled in a very cruise-ship old school way--piped potatoes, etc.
While we had a good meal--Kobe beef, quail, Grand marnier souffle, etc., I would not go back--very expensive for what it was and not the atmosphere I was looking for.
Le Papillon was a happier choice--solid seafood choices, much nicer room. But again, seemed a bit off--great wine list, professional service--but more servicable than inspiring.
Has anyone been to any really good elegant resurants in San Jose or closeby?
My son, who is a teen and loves good food, said, "Mom, this wasn't like Charles of Nob Hill--Charles was so much better than either of these."

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