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Ortolan, in Photos

kevin h Nov 22, 2007 02:51 AM

I had heard some good things about Ortolan on Chowhound, so we decided to go a couple weeks back. Naturally, we chose the most elaborate menu option available, the Chef's Autumn Menu:

Amuse Bouche: Cauliflower and Pesto Soups
1: Macaron of Foie Gras Confit with Quince Gelée
2: Heirloom Tomato in Five Ways
3: Egg and Caviar Cooked in Hot Ash
4: Langoustine Ravioli
5: Roast Scallop with Ricotta Ravioli
6: Smoked Sea Bass with Turnip
7: Roast Venison Medallion with Chestnut
8: Cheese Plate
Pre-Dessert: Plum Sorbet
9: Panna Cotta
10: Chocolate / Opera

Overall, I thought Ortolan served me some of the most inspired French I've had in the city. It's deserving of its newly-awarded Michelin star in my opinion. With time, I could see two stars in Chef Émé's future.

On a side note, I actually went before the Michelin results were officially announced, but already the local news crew was there shooting a story about the restaurant's win. In fact, one of our servers was kind enough to spill the beans about the other winners early.

Full photos and details here: http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fus...

  1. J.L. Dec 5, 2007 10:53 PM

    Great write-up Kevin H... Ortolan is one of may favorite places currently.

    BUT you left without taking the requisite photo with Jeri Ryan! You know you have to go back now, right?

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    1. re: J.L.
      kevin h Dec 6, 2007 12:39 AM

      Unfortunately she wasn't working the front of the house when I was there, or else I would have!

    2. r
      rameniac Nov 26, 2007 10:01 AM

      how much was this per person with the wine pairings?

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      1. re: rameniac
        kevin h Nov 26, 2007 01:55 PM

        The menu was $125. I believe wine pairings added another $65.

        1. re: kevin h
          rameniac Nov 27, 2007 11:15 AM

          that seems pretty reasonable. it looks comparable to the chef's tasting menu at providence, minus all the foam. i'll probably have to give it a try the next time i'm in the mood for big white plates and tiny bites of food. though rare, it does happen every now and then!

      2. modernist Nov 26, 2007 09:10 AM

        the signature says "merci et a bientot"
        thanks and bye bye!

        too bad they dont serve ortolan! which i had in hangzhou china last year (illegally)...

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        1. re: modernist
          kevin h Nov 26, 2007 01:56 PM

          I actually asked about serving ortolan while I was there. I'm not sure if it's legal in the US. I know that the bird isn't endangered outside of France.

        2. m
          marlane Nov 25, 2007 10:08 AM

          Nice review. I enjoyed looking at your blog.

          1. Servorg Nov 24, 2007 02:48 PM

            Great review, as always. One question. Was the restaurant really as empty as it looks in your photos? If so that is pretty alarming.

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            1. re: Servorg
              Sgee Nov 25, 2007 10:36 AM

              It was only about 1/3 filled when I was there on a Saturday evening. Very puzzling why they don't do more business.

              1. re: Servorg
                kevin h Nov 25, 2007 09:18 PM

                Most of those decor photos were taken at the end of the night, when we were the last ones in the restaurant. But even when we arrived, it wasn't full.

              2. russkar Nov 24, 2007 02:47 PM

                Great Review!
                We have always enjoyed Chris's food but the Ortolan Corkage policy is one of the reasons it's not on our regular radar.

                1. choctastic Nov 22, 2007 06:57 PM

                  Thanks for the nice pics. That one thing that you ask about says merci et a bientot.

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                  1. re: choctastic
                    Sgee Nov 23, 2007 05:49 PM

                    One of the reasons I like Ortolan in how the various flavors complement each other on the plate. No sudden jarring or overly contrasting flavors. Reasons why I'm not keen on the Providence / Water Grill style of cooking.

                  2. hrhboo Nov 22, 2007 07:49 AM

                    Beautiful review, thank you! Ortolan is one of my favorites.

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                    1. re: hrhboo
                      New Trial Nov 22, 2007 09:13 AM

                      I concur. I hope the star helps Ortolan draw the crowd it deserves.

                      1. re: New Trial
                        thomtompkins Nov 22, 2007 10:53 AM

                        Ive never been to Ortolan and from this thread, I guess I better stop putting it off. Thanks everyone.


                        1. re: New Trial
                          Sgee Dec 5, 2007 08:28 PM

                          Happy to report that the one star appears to have helped their business, restaurant was about 3/4 full over the course of the evening this past Saturday.

                          Service though was weak, think they are still staffed to support to a smaller dinner crowd.

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