I hear if you flash Hubert Keller, you get free foie @ Fleur de Lys in San Francisco.
Ah, Hubert Keller. One fine French chef. Almost a Top Chef Master. A famous chef in northern California, cousin to another famous chef in northern California, Thomas Keller of The French Laundry (ok not really but wouldn’t that be cool and amazingly coincidental?).
Some have called chef Hubert Keller’s restaurant, Fleur de Lys, the most romantic dining room in San Francisco. After dining there, I can honestly say: don’t let this fancy restaurant’s dress code fool you–stretchy pants are a must. Unless you plan on taking someone’s eye out with the bursting button from your pants, that is.
Heaps o food porn after the jump.
The amuse bouche at Fleur de Lys: cold gazpacho and a spoonful of potato salad. Refreshing and delicious, although a bit big for an amuse bouche (as in HK would totally have marked down a contestant on Top Chef for one this large).
Chilled white asparagus soup with morel and asparagus salad, English pea puree and mushroom chips. Did you know that NoCal has two asparagus seasons, one in the spring, and another in the early fall?
My appetizer: foie with a pineapple coconut sauce and brioche. This was ok, but it sort of tasted like a pina colada, which was weird.
The adorable brioche that came with my foie.
Husband's app: the symphony, which included watermelon soup, foie and smoked duck burger, caviar, and panisse fries. He loved this dish, but hot damn, is there a lot going on! Nice if you like variety in your apps.
Another diner's lobster appetizer, with I believe a saffron sauce.
Sustainably raised salmon with parmesan and potato crunch, porchini flan, broccolini and sauce colbert. This was delicious, the fish tasted light and fresh. I liked this.
Hawaiin swordfish with seed crust, salsify and speck. Basquaise and pinot sauce with side of saffron soup. Husband's dish, and he enjoyed it because it was filling and yet still light, which is good during a massive meal.
Waygu beef cheeks with mustard and cornichons. This dish was a grown up version of my favorite dish in the world, pickles and beef. I loved this but was ungodly full. And thankful for my stretchy pants.
Pan-seared buffalo strip steak. Did not try this, but heard raves.
Seared filet mignon with lobster mac n cheese en brioche. This was great, but again, my stomach? Ready to burst at this point.
My favorite part: Dessert!
Chocolate mousse cake. Good, but tiny. Made of all mousse, and was really hoping for actual cake layered with mousse.
Fleur de Lys's chocolate burger, shake and fries. Husband loved this! Burger bun tasted like a tiny doughnut, so it won me over.
Chocolate souffle. Really rich and decadent!
Pistachio tart. I was so full, I could not eat this. And that makes me cry a bit.
The mignardises. Seriously. Hubert Keller is trying to kill me. Maybe I shouldn't have flashed him?
Fleur de Lys
777 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA
Tags: Fleur de Lys, Hubert Keller, multi-course meal, San Francisco