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 :)