I had the pleasure of going to Fleur De Lys last night and had a wonderful meal. I had been slightly concerned with the choice because of all the top tier restaurants in the city, FLeur De Lys get almost no buzz on this board as opposed to Boulevard/Ritz/La Folie. I guess i have to go to those restaurants now to compare. The service was excellent. all food was explained, drinks were never empty, and the service was more friendly than austere (which i like). My Gf and I each did the 5 course prix fixe and each got 5 different things.
To start, I had the Foie Gras sampling which was just awesome. the duck terrine paired with hawaian sea salt was amazing. My GF started with a maine lobster cappucino paired with a lobster bread pudding. the preparation was superb althought the dish didnt blow me away.
Next I had the degustation of 3 soups. Lobster bisque paired with veal sweetbread croutons was great, there was a cream based soup (cant remember exactly what) paired with osetra caviar which was wonderful, but what really blew me away was an oxtail consomme with a foiegras froth on top. amazing. My Gf had a Symphony of salmon tartar and a rabbit terrine, with a duck breast/foiegras brushcetta. It was excellent. the tartar was one of the best ive had and was served on a duck egg scramble.
Third for me was a venison loin with homemade spaetzle, a red beet flan, and a kirsch sauce. this dish was an awesome take on the traditional version. the flan was melt in your mouth awesome and all the flavors married perfectly.
Next up was a filet topped with foiegras, in a truffle sauce. wow. by this point i was stuffed anyways but this dish was just evil and perverse. in a good way.
both the venison and the filet were prepared absolutley perfectly.
We both finished with Grand Marnieir souffles... they were awesome but we couldnt finish them due to impending doom of our overly full tummys.
I did one wine pairing which was ok. wasnt spectacular. first wine was a trimbach pinot gris... not super inspired. the glenylon syrah was nice with the venison... the best pair was the conn creek cab (with the most beautiful nose ive ever smelled in a wine i think) with the filet. a nice tablas creek white rhone blend was paired with the soups.
total bill with 25% tip was 400$.
Over all the night was beautiful, the decor is nice and comfortable and the outrageously pretentious group of diners next to us provided much entertainment "whenever i have to stay at a holiday inn i bring my goosedown pillow"
why does fleur de lys get ignored on this board compared to the other top tier restaurants? I thought it was excellent.