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Tournesol - I liked it!

Akatonbo | Feb 4, 200507:29 AM

I have never been very wowed by Tournesol, but last night, that's where my husband wanted to go, so off we went. We had an excellent meal - which I hope was not just a fluke. I had the $23.00 prix fixe, which offers a choice of first and second choices, and a dessert - an actual bargain. I chose the onion tart, the pork tenderloin, and the "Bananas Foster" bread pudding. The onion tart was better than our previous favorite - the "Uncle Hansi" at Brasserie Jo. The pork tendloin came sliced, but re-assembled in a long mound, covered with crispy spaetzles and on a bed of sauteed chanterelles. It was excellent! The bread pudding was good, if nothing too exciting.

Nothing on the prix fixe appealed to my husband, so he ordered a la carte - the duck liver mousse (very good, though served with brioche toast that was somewhat burnt around the edges), leg of lamb (the special of the day, which I didn't taste because I'm not a big fan of blood-rare lamb, but which my husband loved), and for dessert the Crepes Suzette (delicious - and how nice to see such an old favorite on a dessert menu).

The room is very nice -very cozy, with soft banquettes - and, a big plus, the thermostat was up, so it was warm. Two enormous vases of flowers dress the place up. The service is very friendly. They were not busy - we were one of only four tables occupied. My memory is that when they're filled they start to slip. Last night, however, they shone.

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