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Review: Fleur de Lys

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Review: Fleur de Lys

invinotheresverde | Feb 3, 2010 07:41 PM

My husband and I dined at Fleur de Lys for my most recent "29"th birthday. We enjoyed a Sazerac and a Manhattan in the lounge, both well prepared.

We were seated a few minutes early, by a very pleasant and accomodating hostess. We had a wonderful table. The interior is simply gorgeous.

Our server greeted us promptly. We didn't need menus, as the Vegetarian Tasting had been ordered in advance, although menus were presented. We made our server aware of our preference and off he went. We'd wanted to order a bottle of champagne, but it wasn't until our first course was served that our waiter was around to do so. Then we waited...and waited...and waited.

First course: Vidalia onion cream soup- amazingly rich, intense onion flavor, just perfect

Second course: Frisee and hearts of palm salad with pistachio nuts and oil- crisp and bitter, loved the briny palm

Third course: Artichoke hearts, carrots and asparagus in vegetable parmesan broth- light, flavorful broth, nicely al dente veggies, a tad boring

Fourth course: Pumpkin risotto with ginger foam- rich, earthy risotto, foam had zero flavor

Dessert: Tapioca pool, mini banana breads, passion fruit sorbet, kiwi, strawberry, fried plantains- delicious, even though none of the flavors seemed to go together- kind of bizarre, but totally enjoyable

Besides the initial difficulty ordering champagne, we had to beg for bread. The bread server passed our table multiple times, skipping us over and over. We asked both our server and the runner for some bread, yet no bread for us. When the bread guy finally came over, he asked if we'd like "more" bread. We replied that we'd like "some" bread. He apologized, and doled out the killer pretzel rolls.

We were interested in ordering a Super Tuscan for the entrees, but I wasn't familiar with any of their offerings. I asked for the sommelier. When he arrived, I asked him to tell me which Tuscan had a high amount of Sangiovese, as my husband likes it. He was clueless. We chose our own wine. The markup was reasonable be Vegas standards, although most of their wine prices made me laugh out loud. $90 for Gruet Rose? That's a $12 bottle.

Our meal was about $600. I have no problem spending money on a great dinner, and the food was remarkable. The service left quite a bit to be desired. I left under 20% for the first time in my life.

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