My wife and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary at Lacroix last night. We decided on the tasting menu, which consisted of the following...
Amuse Bouche (The amuse was a small bite of salmon with a wasabi caviar (at least that's the best I can remember/describe it)).
Watermelon, Heart of Palm, Thai Chili
Sunflower (This was an interesting dish. The "sunflower" was mainly a sunflower seed hummus drizzled with a touch of truffle oil and served with toasted sunflower leaves)
Chanterelle, Quinoa, Plum (Halibut was done perfectly. If this was on the menu, I would order it as an entree by itself)
Honeycrisp Apple, Celery Root, Irish Oats (This was also accompanied by a eucalyptus broth)
Intermezzo (Celery sorbet)
Sweet Potato-Yuzu, Baby Turnip, Mace (Pork Belly!! Need I say more??)
Matsutake, Fig (This was a supplemental cheese course. The cheese was a Mexican goat cheese).
We were served a plate with a small blue fondant wrapped piece of chocolate cake which almost looked like a Tiffany's box. The plated was inscribed with Happy 10th Anniversary (in chocolate).
Peanut Mousse, Grape Ice Cream
This dessert wasn't really appealing to either of us, but our server graciously allowed us to order something else off of the dessert menu. My wife had a selection of sorbets, including flavors such as lemon-poppy seed, strawberry-hibiscus, guava, mango, and coconut-cilantro. I had a bacon maple souffle that was served with pumpkin anglaise. Very flavorful!!!
As for the service, it was friendly, attentive, sometimes even funny, and the meal was well-paced. Our server even gave us complimentary glasses of dessert wine to celebrate our anniversary. To top it off, the chef also stopped by our table to wish us well.
I would have to say that this was one of the top 3 meals I have had in Philadelphia. By contrast, we went to Le Bec-Fin for our anniv. last year and I cannot remember one thing that I ate, other than some of the dessert cart offerings. My lasting memory of that meal is Georges Perrier's cigarette smoke wafting out of the kitchen past our table.
However, I will remember this meal at Lacroix for quite some time.