Lacroix for our 10th Anniversary - Review
My wife and I celebrated our 10th Anniversary at Lacroix last night. We decided on the tasting menu, which consisted of the following...
Amuse Bouche (The amuse was a small bite of salmon with a wasabi caviar (at least that's the best I can remember/describe it)).
Watermelon, Heart of Palm, Thai Chili
Sunflower (This was an interesting dish. The "sunflower" was mainly a sunflower seed hummus drizzled with a touch of truffle oil and served with toasted sunflower leaves)
Chanterelle, Quinoa, Plum (Halibut was done perfectly. If this was on the menu, I would order it as an entree by itself)
Honeycrisp Apple, Celery Root, Irish Oats (This was also accompanied by a eucalyptus broth)
Intermezzo (Celery sorbet)
Sweet Potato-Yuzu, Baby Turnip, Mace (Pork Belly!! Need I say more??)
Matsutake, Fig (This was a supplemental cheese course. The cheese was a Mexican goat cheese).
We were served a plate with a small blue fondant wrapped piece of chocolate cake which almost looked like a Tiffany's box. The plated was inscribed with Happy 10th Anniversary (in chocolate).
Peanut Mousse, Grape Ice Cream
This dessert wasn't really appealing to either of us, but our server graciously allowed us to order something else off of the dessert menu. My wife had a selection of sorbets, including flavors such as lemon-poppy seed, strawberry-hibiscus, guava, mango, and coconut-cilantro. I had a bacon maple souffle that was served with pumpkin anglaise. Very flavorful!!!
As for the service, it was friendly, attentive, sometimes even funny, and the meal was well-paced. Our server even gave us complimentary glasses of dessert wine to celebrate our anniversary. To top it off, the chef also stopped by our table to wish us well.
I would have to say that this was one of the top 3 meals I have had in Philadelphia. By contrast, we went to Le Bec-Fin for our anniv. last year and I cannot remember one thing that I ate, other than some of the dessert cart offerings. My lasting memory of that meal is Georges Perrier's cigarette smoke wafting out of the kitchen past our table.
However, I will remember this meal at Lacroix for quite some time.
Thanks for the delicious review. We have celebrated several occasions at Lacroix and never been disappointed. The brunch is a different experience, just as fabulous - enjoy it!
Happy anniversary! So glad you had a nice dinner, it sounds amazing! We just celebrated our 10 year and were choosing between Lacroix, Vetri, and Le Bec Fin. We had a nice meal but, like you, I pretty much remember the dessert cart! I think we may need to head to Lacroix to celebrate 11 years!
We had previously been to Lacroix for brunch and for Restaurant Week. The brunch is simply spectacular and going during Restaurant Week simply does not compare to the "full experience".
After this meal, I would rank the best restaurants in Philly as:
1b. The Fountain
I wouldn't go back to Le Bec-Fin given these other options.
I had my first dinner experience at Lacroix last night have to agree with what everyone has said on this thread. Fantastic food (the veal tongue pastrami, served in a ravioli with the halibut, was outstanding), beautiful plating (the hamachi crudo looked like a lost masterpiece from the modern era), great cocktails (my Brooklyn rivaled Southwark's), and above all, amazing service and atmosphere. It all made for a very memorable night and a reminder that while that we are lucky to get great food at more casual restaurants in this city, true fine dining still has a place. It was worth every penny and I can't wait to go back.
Just wanted to add an "amen!" to the very positive reviews of Lacroix. Went there Christmas Eve and had a very delicious meal with a table overlooking a beautifully decorated Rittenhouse Square. It was about as perfect a dining experience as I've had.
Glad to hear things are up to snuff. I have a lot of former students working FOH and BOH there. They were some of the best, so it makes me happy they're succeeding.
I still have to make it here for brunch someday.