Nestled inside the Hotel Saint-Lazare, Café Terminus is the only restaurant on the property. There were plenty of locals enjoying lunch this particular spring day.
We were sat by the window, were everyone else was. There was no one actually IN the restaurant.
Tablecloths and monogrammed silver set the mood for this wonderful meal we were about to have. We had the 36 prix-fixe menu.
I started off with the pea soup with custard of scallop. WONDERFUL! They brought a bowl over with one big scallop in the middle, then another waiter followed with a huge terrine of pea soup, which he poured around my scallop. The soup was wonderfully creamy and tasty, and the scallop was butter-tender.
The piece de restistance was the main course. I had the pan-fried scallops in creamy rice with truffle oil, which was so light and tasty, I almost melted into my chair. My husband had the terrine of beef cheek with duck foie gras and leeks for his appetizer. Again, excellent! The foie gras and beef cheek were masterfully paired together with the leaks, with crunchy pine nuts to add a little more flavor. For his main course, he had the fan of lamb with tarragon sauce and potatoes. It was layered with seared foie gras and white asparagus that made it even more delicious. It was just heaven. Mine was better, but his was good.
For dessert, we shared the flambéed pan cakes with Grand Marnier. We didnt have room for two desserts. And Im glad we only had one. It was great, with a nice orange flavor and served warm with hazelnuts. Really, really good.
If you get a chance to have lunch or dinner here, I recommend it. It was fabulous and you can walk it all off on your way to the Galleries Lafayette.