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La Folie report (Long)

djh | Jun 23, 2006 04:31 PM

I think this is my new favorite restaurant in the City. At least it didn't seem it could get any better than what we had last night. OMG.

We both ordered the 3-course price fixe for $65. I chose an appetizer-salad-entree and my wife the appetizer-entree-dessert so we could share the tween courses. Along with an amuse and a palate cleanser, it was perfect ... any more and we'd be on sensory overload for sure.

I started with a lobster and kampachi salad. A beautiful single shelled lobster claw atop a meyer lemon gel that brought forth the flavors wonderfully, paired alongside two small pieces of Hawaiian kampachi, seared rare, on a cucumber and fennel radish salad. Wonderful flavors. My wife started with the Seared Day Boat Scallop, which was very good if somewhat predictable, served alongside an amazing sea urchin soup that was fairly bursting with the flavor of the sea. Incredible, and unforgettable.

We then moved on to the dungeness crab napolean ... chunks of fresh crab mixed with greens and layered between paper thin slices of dried (fried?) baby pineapple, sprinkled with a light citrus dressing. Crisp, bright flavors that highlighted, but did not overpowerthe main ingredient.

I then had the pan roasted sturgeon, a large, well prepared filet atop a bed of leaks, served alongside a small piece of oxtail atop a quarter-sized round of polenta surrounded by a red wine reduction. Both were very good, and the sturgeon, in particular, was accented by the shaved black truffle I had them add (+$10). My wife had the roasted duck breast ... also very good and perfectly prepared.

Portions were large, by French restaurant standards. I don't see how we could have finished the 4- or 5-course ($75 and $85). Although it appeared from the tables around us who ordered the 5-course that the portions on those were not quite as large as what we received. Regardless, I hit the wall after 3 ... sated and very satisfied!

We finished it all off with the Chocolate caramel mousee ... wonderful to look at, and even more so to eat.

The service was very professional and friendly without being either intrusive or stuffy. All in all, a wonderful dining experience.

Only negative was that they raised the corkage to $35 ... which is a bit much. Raised the price of the Penner-Ash pinot we brought along even higher than what we would have spent on their wine list, and put the total bill over $250.

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