Today is a holiday for me (Reyes Magos), so I decided to try the prix fixe lunch at Fleur de Sel. The place was warm and inviting, if too crowded for my tastes (tables are really close together). GO LATE for lunch to avoid this-- as the hour got later, people left and we could head each other speak.
We had the menu w/ wine pairings. Brilliant. I really like the presentation, proportions, and taste. First course: squash soup for me, rich, nutty, tasty. Artichoke, goat cheese and caviar ravioli for him: more like a japanese dish than a french one. Had a tastey beet sauce, and the pasta was almost transparent. Very lovely. Chardonay from Calif. was the wine for both of us. Second course: Duck breast, confit, with wonderful interesting accompaniments; monk fish in a tastey foam for him. Both dishes imaginatively prepared. Wine: Calif. Cab for me, Calif Pinot noir for him. Both perfectly matched. Country style bread (2 kinds). Dessert: chocolate covered cookie type thing with ice cream for me; pear tartare over a crust for him. Tartare means cold and chopped up. Sort of a deconstructed pear tart! A dessert wine from Baumes for me; a "naturally sweet" red dessert wine from France for him.
Total tab, food, wine, tip: a mere $100. Well worth it.
This is a great place for FOUR or more, because you'll be more isolated by your numbers.