Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fleur de Lys - Chef Hubert Keller, May 6, 2010

On Thursday (May 6th) of our vacation, we drove down from Napa Valley to spend 2 days in San Francisco.  On the way we stopped by Muir Woods National Monument and Muir Beach, photo below.  It was so beautiful!

Very glad we had the time for the brief diversion from our main mission - get to San Francisco in time for our reservation at Fleur de Lys!  Fleur de Lys is a 1-star Michelin restaurant, the flagship of Chef Hubert Keller (other restaurants are Burger Bar and Sleek).

We both opted for the 5 course menu which includes an Appetizer, Seafood dish, Meat course, Cheese plate, and Dessert.  It was so good!

For our appetizers, I got the "Symphony" dish.  I can't remember everything on the dish but know it was amazing!  The foie gras "burger" was a treat, smoked duck sausage was amazing, watermelon/cucumber/cavier dish was refreshing, and the whole thing together was a visual masterpiece.

Zac got the Veal Sweetbread "Meuniere" with morel mushrooms, poached egg "purse", toasted brioche, and veal jus.

For our seafood dishes, I got the Maine scallops, with toasted pinenuts, sliced potato marbles, sundried tomatoes, olive sauce, and Banyuls reduction (first photo below).  Zac got the Wild Jumbo Prawn with brioche crust, sweet and sour radicchio, cannelilini bean emulsion, and crispy pork belly (second picture below).

Zac's meat course was the slow-braised Snake River Farm Waygu Beef Cheeks with pretzel curst, on spatzle, choucroute gratin, and scented with a beer sauce.

I got the Roasted Quail stuffed with Ris de Veau, presented with parsnips, young leeks & foie gras, lightly smoke apple flavored veal jus, and pine nuts.

Next was our cheese course, an assortment of artisanal French Cheeses.  I LOVE cheese, and had never had a cheese I didn't like, until I got to the stinky cheese!  Zac couldn't eat it either, couldn't get past the stink! The blue cheese was amazing, I ate mine and Zac's!

Finally time for Desserts!! We knew what we were getting before we even saw the menu.  Zac got the Fleur Burger and I got a chocolate souffle. Zac's dish came with the chocolate burger. The "cheese" was actually passionfruit! The dish came with fennel ice cream "fries" and a milkshake.

Enjoying our desserts!!

Dinner wrapped up with a chef's selection of truffles and petit fours.

An amazing dinner that we'll never forget!! Thanks Hubert!

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