Okay, all I can say is AMAZING!!! The various suggestions regarding Lacroix were all completely true to form and then some. Truly a magnificent meal! I can't rave enough. The service is friendly and efficient without the driveling, obsequious waiters reciting entrees for an hour and hovering over your every move. It was perfection. My cocktail was beautifully mixed with the most fabulous cruched ice imaginable. I loved getting to chose various 3 course plates which was more fun until I actually had to place my order. Let's see, do I want fois gras, lobster, lamb, filet, sea bass? So difficult. I read where someone was disappointed in the portions but I was overwhelmed by the size of the plates. I certainly did not feel cheated. I lapped up the consome of pheasant with shaved truffles first, then chowed down on the rabbit and lobster ragu, and then topped that off with Australian lamb with risotto followed by espresso and divine chocolate souffle. SUBLIME!!! Oh Citizens of Philadelphia, you are mightly lucky to have such a wonderful place in which to dine. The ambience was also quite nice.
Had lunch at Suzanna Foo which was mediocre in my opinion. Perfectly palitable, pretty decor, but it tasted like any Chinese restaurant to me. I had soup which was bland, spring rolls which could have been take out from any corner pub, and crispy prawns with orange sauce which was actually delicious. Pasion, Alma de Cuba, and Brasserie Perrier were all closed for lunch so I ended up at Pietro's coal oven pizza place which was flat out awful. Really bad! Next time, I will certainly do better as far as lunch goes but because I was there for business, I had little time to really investigate. Nevertheless, I can't wait to return.