Had dinner at La Bergerie last night. Very nice, quite good food, wonderful service. Food wasn't lacking in any way -- was nicely prepared (I don't know enough to say if it was all "classic") but without any of the little frills of originiality and imagination that a lot of restaurants people talk about here (Elysium, frex) might have. Best part was the dessert. Hands down, the best dessert I have *ever* had in my entire life. More on that later. 8-)
Started with a drink apiece. Followed with a bottle of burgundy, Savigny-les-Beaune (1999), which was yummy. Sommelier was very happy to help us choose a wine that we thought was affordable. Some of their reserve wines are just so over the top ... I think they had a 1961 Petrus on the list.
I started with escargots (perfectly cooked, no trace of rubbery texture at all, just soft and tender), companion had special app of chevre and brie in phyllo. I followed with a Ceasar salad. I've never had a real one before, with raw egg yolk and all. It was fine, seemed to be lacking a bit in anchovy flavor. Companion had lobster bisque, which was wonderful.
Mains were magret de canard with fois gras and figs for me, lamb tenderloin with fines herbes for companion. With the lamb was an absolutely amazing garlic flan. We asked the waiter what it was (we had guessed, but wanted confirmation) and he was all set to dash off and bring us another one! We declined the generous offer because we knew we had dessert on the way.
Dessert (which is ordered at the same time as your mains) was hazelnut souffle. Unbelievable. Maybe it was partly due to the fact that I hadn't had souffle before ... (I've avoided French cooking in favor of other cuisines for some reason ... no more!) but it was just so good. It came with a hazelnut cream ... texture of heavy cream whipped just slightly, with sugar and hazelnut extract added.
Total including nice tip was $200. Not bad at all, I thought. In fact, for the quality of the food and the service, it almost seemed inexpensive. I will definitely return.
(I've attached the link to the website. The menu shown is the same one I saw last night. There are about 4 special apps and 4 special mains, in addition.)