RW – Fleur de Sel

July 25, 2008 § 5 Comments

Restaurant Week kicked off Monday, and yesterday, Cathy, Tonia, and I met for lunch at Fleur de Sel in the Flatiron District near Union Square. The restaurant is rather small with amber lighting and what took up most of our attention while we waiting for our food was a weird sculptural bottle holder with a tree growing out of it. When I got back to a computer, I tried researching the significance of the gnarled plant, but no leaves.

Outside

For Restaurant Week, there were two choices for each of the three courses. For the first, all three of us ordered the chicken liver pate with salad, brioche toasts, and a balsamic reduction. As usual with French cuisine, the portions were small and such a tease. But it was the BEST pate I’ve had. It was so smooth, so creamy, so well-seasoned that I wished they gave us more brioche – light and crisp with a buttery sweetness – because the two paired beautifully. In the end we ended up smearing the extra on slices of the regular country bread they doled out for us throughout the course of the meal.

For the main course, there was pan seared cod with lobster emulsion and lamb shank crepe with baby carrots and turnips served au jus (what I had). The crepe was extremely thin and delicate and there was no skimping on the lamb which was extremely tender. I kept clanging my fork and knife against the plate because I was so eager to eat it all. I tried a bit of Cathy’s cod and it was so light that it broke apart almost immediately after you even slightly prodded it.

Dessert was the perfect end to an excellent meal. There was an assortment of sorbets with a sugary meringue at the bottom and a blueberry crumbcake with sorbet that was surprisingly light. The flavors of each of the sorbets were incredibly distinct – I hate when all you taste is sugar and nothing else when it comes to ice cream/frozen yogurt/etc. The only thing I regretted overall that the three courses were over so quickly.

The prix fixe for lunch is only 5 dollars more than the Restaurant Week price at 29 dollars. Considering the quality and presentation of the food that Cyril Renaud is creating from the kitchen, that’s still a heck of a deal. Plus, the menus change in tandem with the season and availability of ingredients so you’re not always going to see the same choices. Highly recommend it – if you can, try the pate! It was my favorite part of the meal.

Fleur de Sel
5 E. 20th St nr. 5th Avenue
212.460.9100

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§ 5 Responses to RW – Fleur de Sel

  • Lan says:

    hmmm.. i loooove me some pate! you’re so right about the smaller portions. it’s RW in Baltimore too and the boyfriend and i hope to make a few jaunts in the next few days! 🙂

  • Jude says:

    I’m drooling and I just had dinner… Looks like a steal at that price.

  • That sorbets looks cute.

  • Syrie says:

    Looks fabulous. I’m going to NY for the first time in 2 weeks. I can barely contain my excitement. I have to many places on my list to go and you’re posts are a great help! Thank you!

  • Becky says:

    Lan – RW is a foodie’s dream. Most of the time. I always love a good bargain!
    Jude – It sure as heck was a steal. And like I mentioned, if you go to Fleur de Sel during lunch normally, it’s only 5 dollars extra for three courses. Highly recommend it!
    Mrs. _____ 2 be – The sorbet was cute. And delicious, which, let’s face it, is gonna matter more to me.
    Syrie – NY is amaziiiiing! If you need any more recommendations, I could definitely give you a list of all my favorite places, food and non-food.

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