Prix fixe menu that we had at Rue St Jacques on NYE follows:
Amuse Bouche: Bisque of white Corn, Sea urchin roe
One of the better things we tasted. Rich, balanced and had that hint of sea urchin roe.
Salade: Salade of Mâche, Lobster médaillons, vinaigrette aux Lardons Huîtres en gelée.
Watercress was pretty fresh and barely doused with vinaigrette, just the way I like it.
Lobster was extremely mediocre. Some uncooked pieces on my wife’s plate. Bits of bacon were barely visible.
Entremets: Escalope of Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Pan seared and presented on a slice of Brioche with a Confit of Cranberries.
I absolutely loved the Foie Gras. The wife shared my view here. Stellar. And I hope the State never bans it ! :-)
Trou Normand: Green Apple Sorbet in a Calvados
Never a huge fan of sorbet. Helped to cleanse the palate before the main course.
Plat de resistance: New Zealand John Dory, Roasted and dressed in a Lobster And Anise Bisque, served with a ragout of winter vegetables.
This was a huge disappointment. I could barely taste the bisque, the fish was overcooked. Very very amateurish.
Macédoine de Fruits d’hiver, glacée au Miel de Provence á la Fleur D’oranger et dressée sur un Biscuit de Nougatine de Montélimar. (Terrine of winter fruits, served on a Nougat cookie)
Decent, nothing to write home about. Fruits did not go well together.
Our biggest disappointment was the service. Granted it is probably the busiest night and all of that, but at 20% mandatory service charge, I think one can expect better.
1. With our Pellgrino, we asked for wedges of lime, these were brought after two reminders, 30 minutes after we sat down.
2. The salad was brought out literally 60 seconds after the amuse bouche. I barely had time to taste the bloody amuse before they sat the salad plate on the table.
3. I ordered a bottle of wine – which was excellent, and I had to pour the wine on my own after the first serve.
4. We had to remind the server to fetch dessert. My wife was very amused at this comedy of errors. I was decidedly not.
Also, one of the guys (Heavy French accent) was adamant that I could not re-cork our bottle of wine and almost refused to hand it to me. AFAIK, California allows patrons to do this.
How one can demand 20% gratuity for such atrocious service is beyond me.
Total was $243 after tax and gratuity for two people. We could have three “propah” meals at some of our favourite restaurants for that amount of money. We will never be back.