Cafe De Paris: a serious foodie restaurant in a surprising place. It's located in a boring office building on Centre Park Drive. I knew it was special when I stopped in for coffee after visiting an office, and the owner, Erik Rochard, started talking to me about oxtail. His croissant was superb too...
Then I went to an AIWF (American Institute of Wine and Food) dinner there:
Fried Brie with a honey and balsamic reduction. Very good.
Next was a small plate of cold chicken marinated in herbes de Provence, and perfectly cooked. Paired with an excellent Alsace Riesling.
Intermezzo was an intense Burgundy and tarragon granite.
My entree (or entremet, as they'd say in France) was a Monkfish Matelotte with saffron potatoes - WOW! tender monk with an achingly rich veal and pinot noir based sauce, strengthened with lardons of pancetta.
A light Bugundy worked well with this.
Dessert was a triumph: a trio, with small slice of pear tarte tatin, real French chocolate mousse and profiterole.
A very satisfying meal!