Restaurant Week at Cafe Boulud

There is one place I must visit every restaurant week and that's Cafe Boulud.  The setting is absolutely gorgeous, I feel like I'm tucked away inside an elegant French townhouse when I'm there, the service is flawless and the food is of course amazing.  We began this visit with a Fried Truffle Risotto amuse bouche.

Then moved onto our appetizers the first a Duck Terrine with whole grain mustard, pickled vegetables and toasted sourdough.

The second a Wild  Mushroom & Barley Soup with extra virgin olive oil and italian parsley.

Of course the duck was fabulous.  Boulud is a genius when it comes to working with slabs of animal fat.  It was the soup actually surprised me... much lighter than I expected with a wonderful earthy flavor, reminiscent of a soup my grandmother used to make every Christmas.   

For entrees Christine enjoyed the hearty Pot-au-Feu while I devoured a wonderful Pan Seared Trout with winter bean fricassee, black olives and lemon zest.

Then it was time for the best part of the meal- dessert! Chocolate Financier with hazelnut ganache and coffee ice cream for me...

...Red Velvet Gateux with fromage blanc mousse and toasted almond ice cream for her...

...and a warm basket of  lemon scented madeleine's dusted with powdered sugar to finish.

This is restaurant week at its finest...oh if only to eat like this every day :)