We were invited to Lacroix to a private dinner party last night served in a private room. I had never been to the Fountain, but given its four star AAA ratings with Lacroix at the helm I had high expectations. These were met and then some.
It is not a theatrical dining experience like one would get in a Steven Starr extravaganza (I actually have enjoyed his restaurants), but it was a beautiful renovation, calm and serene. A mixture of Japanese simplicity with the beauty of the treetops in the windows, and a Europeon feel, like being in a very old restaurant in say, Florence or Paris. The colors were muted beiges and whites. Our private room was on the upper tier of the dining room with huge window arches that allowed the view of Rittenhouse Square.
We had four courses and dessert, all very small and very exquisite. We did not have a choice of the full menu, but this is what hubby and I sampled: a fortified lobster consomme with a chestnut crouton and shaved chestnuts, an onion soup with small pieces of sweet breads in it and mustard creme floating on top, a perfectly cooked lobster tail with perfectly cooked vegetables, amazing foie gras with savory french toast, alaskan halibut with a veal stew under it, pan seared striped bass, an amazing dish of lamb prepared two ways perfectly grilled chops and lamb stew, and baby chicken stuffed with artichoke. Dessert was a limited selection for the party and we tasted a chocolate mousse like dessert studded with nougat and topped with gold foil and sorbets. The sorbets were fabulous the chocolate was very good and looked like a wrapped gift when it came to the table. The service was impeccable, the wines were delicious, and as I said before, the room was lovely. It was a slow paced meal, but not in a bad way. I wouldnt go there on a theater evening, however. Definately worth a special occaision dinner or splurge.
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