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Apr 4, 2008 07:50 AM

ile flotante, or floating island

does anyone know where i can get this french dessert in manhattan. i had it years ago in southern france and have been keeping an eye out ever since. the urge to find it has gottten stronger lately.

it was essentially a meringue floating in a sea of custard. so rich and delicious.


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  1. I would try some of the old school french restaurants such as la grenouille

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    1. re: marye

      thanks for the suggestion - i took a look and i think "Les Oeufs à la Neige" is the same dish. but WOW - $28 for a single dessert - that seems fairly absurd!

    2. Mrs. GG's favorite dessert. Other than Le Petite Zinc in Paris I'm also thinking La Grenouille which in fact does have them but calls them "oeufs a la neige" literally snow eggs but same as floating islands.

      1. Bar Boulud has a rose praline version, but I didn't like the rose part so much - a bit overwhelming, I thought. Still trying to think of where else. Maybe Balthazar? I thought I'd had it there, but don't see it on the menu.

        1. Pastis used to serve it, but that was years ago, so I'm not sure if it's still on the menu. But it's worth a call to ask them!

          1. I love Ile Flotante. Finding one, and particularly a good one, isn't that easy. Park Bistro used to have it on the dessert menu, but now that they have become Park Avenue Bistro, they've removed it. :-(

            Checking MenuPages, Le Veau D'Or has it. I've never been there, but from everything I've read about it, it's a total trip back in time.