Had an Impulse today in the Cold weather of Chilly Philadelphia to grab some Onion Soup at Le bec Fin. As We approached, we decided to grab lunch. We Missed the Lunch seating and asked to sit downstairs at the Lyonnais. Service was friendly and a professional. Chef was in usual rare form as he was berating employees and his staff and was sampling wines at a nearby table (Augustine I think the nighttime cheese guy was meeting with PLCB guys). I was actually disturbed as the staff got louder and chef became more abrasive toward them.
On to the food, Ok. Great bread, three varieties served with cured soppressatta and a great sundried tomato pepper spread. Onion soup was fair and
lacking in a real onion flavor. very rich and hearty but not very sweet or savory and seemed salty and buttery, a dissapointment. Smoked Salmon is always great. The waiter offered traditional garnish and then nicely squeezed some lemon juice on the dish. The main courses were outstanding. Veal medallions with wild mushrooms and shaved truffles (Just about covered the plate) and mashed potatoes. The mashed potatoes were like liquid cocaine and went right to the pleasure centers in my brain...mmm. The other entree was a sauteed Grouper with lemongrass, brussel sprouts and bacon fricasee that was excellent. Passed on dessert. Had
two glasses of puilly-montrachet. Check was $150 including tip. Well, it is the holiday season.