Update Wed 30Aug06! We enjoyed a bargain of a prix fix meal, 4 courses, including dessert souffle, all for $29.95. The menu varies, so if you don't like surprises, then call ahead.
The cozy restaurant is located in the basement of the Hotel Cornell de France. You will enjoy the wonderful surroundings of this boutique hotel on your way to the restaurant. Wed night is not a busy night, luckily for us, we had superb service and privacy in the dining room scattered with other patrons. Beautiful huge fragrant fresh flowers were on each table and the lighting is beautiful and flattering.
We started with a cream of asparagus soup. The bowl arrived piping hot and subtly flavored with hints of black pepper, butter and nutmeg. It was rich and delicious - we used the bread to sop up the last bits clinging to the edge of the bowl.
The second course is your choice between two salads: the warm spinach salad with beets and heirlooms topped with a vinaigrette reduction; and the other was a mixed spring greens salad topped with a delicious and delicate mushroom puff pastry. We split both, but did not finish...as we anticipated dessert.
Main course, again changes daily, offered a selection from salmon, chicken, rabbit, shrimp, lamb shank, filet, rack of lamb and veal. We shared the rabbit and the lamb shank. Both huge portions and delicious - the vegetables were pretty well roasted, and a little too mushy for my taste. Overall, it was incredibly filling and my dining companion cleared her plate!
The best part was the Grand Marnier souffles, served in individual ramekins and a side of Grand Marnier creme anglaise spiked with finely orange peel. So delicious! The waiter poked a hole at the top of the souffle and poured in the warm sauce. The souffle slowly deflated. The top of the souffle was tender and sweet, crusted lightly with sugar. Each biteful was delicious and inviting. I was sorry to see it end as I cleaned out the ramekin.
For this price, it really is a bargain!
Cornell Hotel de France, 715 Bush Street • San Francisco, CA 94108
415 421 3154 • 1 800 232 9698
Prix Fix Menu: http://www.cornellhotel.com/jeanne/Ty...
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