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So that's what Fleur de Lys is like after the renovation

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So that's what Fleur de Lys is like after the renovation

Wendy Lai | Apr 12, 2004 11:59 AM

My husband and I used to go to Fleur de Lys for our wedding anniversaries. They closed due to the fire and we've since switched our annual celebration to Gary Danko. Last Saturday (for our 5th) we decided to revisit Fleur de Lys.

Let me just say it is a really romantic setting. The sourrounding was soft and glowing pink and red. We were shown a very nice table facing the center of the room. And the host wished us a happy anniversary.

The format of the menu was you can order 3, 4 or 5 course menu, choosing from a list of appetizers, fish, meat, cheese and dessert courses. Optional wine pairing was available. Also available was a vegetarian "feast". We both choose the four course meal (5 would be including the cheese), and my husband had the wine pairing.

Our appetizers were fabulous! He had the foie gras tasting and I had the symphony of, which was an arrangement of fois gras, lobster tartar, tomatoe gazbacho, roated beets and some other stuff. We always loved their foie gras terrine, in fact we always thought theirs was the best we've ever tasted anywhere in San Francisco. In the past the foie gras terrine as the appetizer was a big slice. This time around he got a small wedge as part of his medly, so it wasn't as satisfying, though everything else on his plate was fantastic as well.

For my part I felt the fish course (my scallop and his sea bass) was well prepared but nothing to memorable. Same goes for the meat course (my fliet and his lamb loins), very true to its "meat" taste, but nothing that wowed me.

Our dessert were vecherin glace (which was a cherry ice cream and meringue thingy) and Grand Marnier souffle. The big puffy souffle was served with a orange creme angliase., so light and sweet, it was the perfect to his dinner. I enjoyed my vecherin glace as well, I typically enjoy fruity dessert, so this was a good pick for me. They comped us a tapioca pudding for our annivesary. It sounds boring, tapioca pudding, but it was surprisingly good. What was especially neat was they had a tuile baked into a round tube and hid a candle inside which made for a glowing cookie.

Wine pairing was okay according to hubby, he felt the wine pairing we had at Rubicon last year was so much better.

Now the negative stuff, service. The service was terrible for a high-end establishment such as Fleur de lys. The servers were not smooth, dropping off sliverware after the food came, or just leaving the food without explaining what was in them. They often talked to other waitstaff while attending to us, throwing down the silverware hurridly. They weren't rude or stand offish, just not polished.

For 2 four course dinner, one wine pairing, three cocktails, and one coffe the bill came to close to $400.

We ended the night at Top of the Mark for drinks and dancing. Overall it was a very good anniversary.

We will be going back to Gary Danko next year.

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