While working at the Stanford Court today, I dropped in at Fournou's Ovens for lunch.
Had a nondescript Cobb Salad and Apple Tart.
While sipping a Diet Coke with lemon, a bread basket arrived with one slice of olive (wheat) french bread, several of sweet french baguette and a container of Olive Oil. Not that I would have wanted any, but I appreciate being served butter too, so I can decide which I want.
The Cobb Salad was served with the component parts separated on the plate. Lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, bleu cheese, bacon pieces, hard boiled egg, and walnuts. The vinegarette (sp) was average at best, but I did like the addition of Stilton and walnuts, one of my favorite combinations. I also appreciated the vibrantly yellow egg yolk instead of the common hazy-gray egg yolks.
The warm apple tart was served in a soggy, mushy tart shell, which immediately turned me off. The very thinly sliced apples (nice touch)were not very sweet or tasting of cinammon, two things I enjoy. The ice cream was a vanilla bean which appeared to be homemade. I wished they had given a scoop larger than a melon ball, gee I hate that.
They did offer a Prix Fixe lunch for $22.95:
Mesclun lettuce salad, choice of either cheese tortellini or pan roasted salmon, and sorbets. Didn't knock me over with drooling anticipation, and since I wanted something other than sorbets for dessert, so I ordered a la carte.
With tax & tip, my lunch and diet coke cost $35.
Not much desire to go back for dinner, as lunch was just ok. Plus I have never heard or read about Fournou's Ovens from friends, on Chowhound, or in any other publication that I can remember, which always is a bad sign. IMHO, I think now I know why. I wouldn't rush to beat the crowds! There were two tables with five people total, at 12:30 for lunch, that's it.
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