La Folie, San Francisco
January 27, 2008
On January 25, 2008 we dined at La Folie with Tom and Bev. After being seated we ordered a bottle of Renaissance California Viognier that served well as aperitif and with the starters. We later ordered a bottle of Hope & Grace Central Coast Pinot Noir which we enjoyed. There was a vegetarian menu and a truffle menu; more conventionally, one could choose three courses from the list for $70, four for $80 and five for $90. We limited ourselves to the three course option.
A surprise second amuse-gueule was a soft boiled egg mixed with chopped black truffles and served in its shell. Tom and Bev had ordered the truffle menu on New Year’s Eve and mentioned their disappointment with the truffles. The chef was trying to make up with this offering and the surprise second course. He told us that they were winter truffles from the Perigord, which theoretically are the best. The egg was delicious.
Bev started her menu with the Duck and Oxtail Consommé, Smoked Liberty Farms Duck Breast, Foie Gras Tortellini, Enoki Mushrooms. Linda had the Butter Poached Lobster on a Butternut Squash Ravioli, Toasted Almonds, Celery Root and Apple, Truffled Poultry Jus.
Tom and I started with the Warm Pig Feet, Sweetbread and Lobster Terrine on a Lentil Salad with Bacon, Hazelnut Vinaigrette. In the ambience of the evening it did not seem appropriate for me to be taking notes or to use flash photography. I did take available-light photos of my plates only. Fortunately I was able to clip and paste the descriptions of the dishes from La Folie’s website.
The chef then offered us a risotto of parmesan with truffle bits topped with shaved truffles. It was excellent.
Bev went on to the lobster with which Linda had started. Tom had the “Le Boeuf”, Beef Tenderloin, Braised Beef Short Rib, and Burger Rossini with Truffle Madeira Sauce.
Linda and I had the Trio of Rabbit (Loin, Rack and Braised Leg) with Baby Vegetables,
Roasted Garlic, Natural Jus.
There was a custard predessert.
For dessert Bev enjoyed the Pink Lady Apple and Quince Bread Pudding, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Pomegranate Poached Apple, Spiced Walnuts. Linda had the Warm Edam Cheese Soufflé with Fromage Blanc Sorbet, Crispy Bacon, White Sesame Tuile. Tom had “The Sunset” Warm Bittersweet Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Ice Cream and Brandied Dried Fruits.
I had the “Tropical Trio”: Caramelized Banana and Chocolate Tart, Coconut Pineapple Panna Cotta, Creamy Citrus Tapioca with Mango Passion Fruit Sorbet
There was a nice plate of mignardises.
All in all it was a very enjoyable evening. The food was well executed in the modern French manner. It was certainly up to La Folie’s Michelin one-star rating and to the high, but not excessive, prices. The service was friendly and efficient. I would recommend it for a festive evening.