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Lacroix report (long)

Sylvia G | Feb 12, 2003 02:02 PM

I'm finally getting around to reporting on the glorious meal we had at Lacroix at the beginning of January.
For dinner, you can have 3 courses for $55, 4 courses for $65 or 5 for $75. Whichever you choose includes dessert as an extra course (no extra charge.)
My three companions chose the $55; big-eyes me chose the four courses. Too much food!
You can choose your courses from anywhere on the menu. They are all considered "small plates." The ones on the left tend to be more like appetizers; the ones on the right are larger and heavier. You can order any way you like; if you want two plates of filet, that's fine. And it can be in any order you like.
The place is beautiful. It's subdued and in excellent taste. Service was excellent; friendly, helpful and not at all patronizing.
My husband had an onion soup that was a puree with a sweetbread in it: fabulous. I loved my scallop appetizer (everything had layers and garnishes, and I can't remember them) and I went crazy over the foie gras, which was as good as any I had in France.
Other "starters" we tried were the skate wing with a seafood mousse dumpling and red grapefruit with caviar, an excellent salad ....more that I'm forgetting.
Our heavier courses were the beef tenderloin in a great sauce with a hat of supurb ravioli, lamb two ways, and my favorite, the baby poussin - phyllo-wrapped and herb-stuffed - incredible! Either the filet or the poussin would have been enough for a main course, but I wanted to try everything.
I wasn't too stuffed for dessert. You choose from a lovely list. I had the "Chestnut on the Square": three variations with chestnuts, involving dark chocolate and layers of mousse and some pear soup to cleanse the pallet. Each piece was small and rich and marvelous. The others had a chocolate dessert that they loved.
With advice from the sommelier, we order a delicious wine for $67.00. Our bill for each couple, including tax, tip and wine, was about $180.00.
I'm sorry about inaccurate descriptions, but it's been a while. I think the menu may be on their website.
I loved this place, and can't wait to go back. We had gone to celebrate a special occasion, and we all left feeling we had chosen the right place.

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