How will Rouas' death affect Fleur?
Wonder what happens to Fleur de Lys – does it remain in partnership or will Keller buy out the Rouas share? Brother Claude owns Angele/Napa, which we liked a little but not in love with. Angele is almost exactly what Fleur de Lys was before Keller, in fact.
I loved Fleur for decades, but in 2011 we had a terrible meal there. Exquisite ingredients but miniscule portions, over-elaborate flourishes, extreme butterfat, and tasteless desserts. In comparison we had eaten the week previous at La Folie (the first of four dinners there in 13 months), whose food wiped the floor with Fleur, to use a bad alliteration.
Mentioning this to some foodie friends, they said they still love Fleur (it's their anniversary restaurant) but had noticed the cooking was much better when Keller was in the kitchen, which of course with his growing conglomerate, he isn't always around. Similar to Michael Mina and Ken Franks, where we've also seen some issues of food that was very pricy for poor execution.