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Sep 26, 2011 03:08 PM

Lovely L'Ardoise - with a new favorite dessert (alas, I think only a temporary special) [San Francisco]

Okay, so I live around the corner and so for me this is a neighborhood place.
Had dinner here on Saturday with friends.
It's not high French but it's damn good (bistro fare?) cooking. My buddy goes there regularly for their perfectly cooked fillet mignon and their gorgeous potatoes.

Had the charcuterie plate first. Not stellar but very nice, and what I like is that every time I go it's slightly different. This time there was a piece of olive pate that I had not tried before, which was delicious.

And for the main, I had a duck leg confit, which was spectacular.

But the reason I'm posting was the dessert.
I am not big on dessert, and don't usually order it.
But as we were a group, we ordered a couple to share.
And there was one that interested me so I piped up to get it included.

It was a brioche soaked in rum with a couple kinds of marmalade on the side.
They plunked it at my side of the table because I'd made a comment about it sounding so good.
Oh my goodness, it was REALLY hard to take just a couple of bites and send it down the table.
I wanted the whole thing.
Not too sweet, not to alcoholic, almost a little plain,but sublime. Just lovely.
(And to be honest I did not even dip in the marmalade because it was so good plain).
Reminded me other favorite desserts; , which are those middle eastern phyllo cakes that they soak in orange blossom water, or the other middle eastern cakes soaked in honey.

Possibly not for everyone, but if you like that sort of thing, and you are headed there any time soon, do try it. I think it's a special and may not last long...

And while I've introduced the subject, does anybody know of another place in SF with a dessert that might press the same buttons?

151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

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  1. i'd be hard-pressed to order anything besides the creme brulee for dessert there....i have yet to find a better version

    1. That dessert sounds like Baba au Rhum. You might do a search on that (a quick one for me turned up an '06 thread which mentioned Fringale).

      Fringale Restaurant
      570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

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      1. re: Frosty Melon

        @vulber -- I'm not a fan of creme brulee, and never order it. So there was no temptation there. Although, if someone were to serve just the crunchy top without the creme below, I might get it. Kind of like muffin tops.

        @frosty -- Yes, I do love baba au rhum. But this was more delicate and subtle, and the use of brioche was genius.
        And it's interesting that Fringale was mentioned in connectin with this dish. Chef Thierry of L'Ardoise used to work at Fringale. But I'm not sure, '06 may have been after he left.

        Fringale Restaurant
        570 4th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

        151 Noe Street, San Francisco, CA 94114

      2. hi has anyone recently visited here? could I have anyone's input on their recent visit to L'ardoise Bistro? :)