I had heard some good things about Ortolan on Chowhound, so we decided to go a couple weeks back. Naturally, we chose the most elaborate menu option available, the Chef's Autumn Menu:
Amuse Bouche: Cauliflower and Pesto Soups
1: Macaron of Foie Gras Confit with Quince Gelée
2: Heirloom Tomato in Five Ways
3: Egg and Caviar Cooked in Hot Ash
4: Langoustine Ravioli
5: Roast Scallop with Ricotta Ravioli
6: Smoked Sea Bass with Turnip
7: Roast Venison Medallion with Chestnut
8: Cheese Plate
Pre-Dessert: Plum Sorbet
9: Panna Cotta
10: Chocolate / Opera
Overall, I thought Ortolan served me some of the most inspired French I've had in the city. It's deserving of its newly-awarded Michelin star in my opinion. With time, I could see two stars in Chef Émé's future.
On a side note, I actually went before the Michelin results were officially announced, but already the local news crew was there shooting a story about the restaurant's win. In fact, one of our servers was kind enough to spill the beans about the other winners early.
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