My wife and I have eaten at some wonderful restaurants and must say that Fleur De Lys was one of the best. Their sauces were outstanding, the service friendly, and the whole dining experience just outstanding
After dining at Gary Danko it was hard to be impressed. Fleur de lys did have some great dishes but the appetizers sort of threw things off a little. The Lobster soup with truffles had a little too much of a vinegar taste to it and sort of threw my taste buds off. My wifes asparagus salad was more of a mousse than a salad and had more of a buttery taste to it because of the foi grois. It sort of threw things off for the rest of the night. The second course which was the scallop and the sea bass were executed well and was quite suprised by the braised endive a really unique flavor that compliments the sea bass. The main course the filet mignon and the lamb was done well and I would recommend them. The cheese was another story. A few of the cheeses were quite tasty the creme fraiche, the blue cheese and the goat cheese were tasty but the others had a bitterness to them that just did not sit right and sort of made feel a little nausiated. I forgot the names of them. My wife had the chocolate souffle that was pretty good but I think Gary Danko's was better. I had the sorbets which had 4 different flavors, by far the most interesting was the coconut sorbet with the candied popcorn. That was the best, I wished they only offered coconut only. I would have enjoyed it immensely. For the money that we paid everything needs to be perfect. At Gary Danko's everything was tasty and perfect. When I asked my wife if she would come to Fleur de Lys again, her response was no. I can't wait to go back to Gary Danko's and dine there again. I had a most memorable and wonderful experience that is very hard to match. And another restaurant that I highly recommend in Palo Alto is Evvia.
Our most recent visit to the restaurant was very disappoinging. I have always enjoyed Fleur de Lys. I have a copy of the cook book and watch Hubert Keller'g program on KQED and this was not the restaurant that I had come to love. The service was spotty, the portions were miniscule and the food was over-salted. The Gran Marnier souffle had no taste, only volume. I will not return.
Service and ambiance was great, food was OK. I had the lamb. Lamb loin was good but the other tasted like Asian(SE regions) style beef stew. My girlfriend had the sea scallops. Not the best scallops we have eaten and the truffle gnocchi tasted very similar to Chef Boyardee ravioli shell. Go figure that as people get older their taste revert back to their childhood experiences. Repackaged with a high price tag and we call it fine dining. I guess that's why we're in a recession. But don't take my word for it until you've tried it.
The food tasted like German food with French stylings, which is pretty much Alsace anyway. Everything was marvelously flavored and rich, yet surprisingly subtle for German derivation. The non-muscle meats were pleasant and creamy, and the muscle meats were fall-apart tender, and the sauerkrauts were all different and subtle. The big hits with the Quail and Choucroute soup, and the Beef Cheeks for me, as well as the little Foie Gras burger thing during the appetizer course. The wine parings are delicious, but don t expect a gigantic red; the wines either syrupy or clean to clean off.
As far as the unsatisfied reviews: Don t go here unprepared. The bill is too big at the end of the night for uninterested palates.
I went to the restaurant recently and it was awesome! i just loved the small little portions for the appetizers! and it was so fun to get supper dressy and so to this amazing fancy place! i totally recommend it for and nice romantic night! I love love love it!!!
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