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L'Astrance: heaven on earth vs. Le Cinq: really expensive comfort food


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L'Astrance: heaven on earth vs. Le Cinq: really expensive comfort food

hbfoodie7 | Jun 17, 2010 09:37 AM

We had the simple lunch menu on Friday at L'Astrance and found to it be the absolute best of our trip, hands down. The restaurant is intimate, about 30 seats, modern, and minimalist. The wait staff was wonderful, spoke to me slowly in French so I could understand, and some of the staff would speak in French and English.

Every herb and every vegetable had meaning on the plate. Flavors were so distinct and perfect.

An entree of shrimp in a soy broth with herbs was so simple but powerful. I ate each herb or flower by itself because the flavors needed to be savored by the broth on its on.

The next course of a steamed fish ( I couldn't catch the name) was the same in that there was so much flavor in that marinated red onion slice or spinach leaf. The thyme and razor clam meat was excellent as well.

I was surprised to be served chicken breast, but it was flawlessly prepared, and the fresh peas and sour cherry compote were out of this world.

Our sorbet was an incredible combination of lemongrass and chili pepper.

The desserts were plentiful. The least interesting was the white chocolate cup of apricot preserves. The Elderberry Flower and gelee were wonderfully subtle. The green tea ice cream inside the gigham meringue cookie were just plain fun! The home run was the caramelized sugar wafer set on top of a light creamy foam/mousee with a really tart sour cherry compote underneath. An incredible combo of crunchy, sweet, and tart.

Chilled eggnog served from their shells were delicious and meticulously picked berries and cherries and chestnut flavored financiers were perfect.

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