We are taking advantage of several of these with friends and our first foray was to a local French eatery called 'Le Voltaire'. This is an established French cuisine that is simply off our radar for some reason. We haven't been here in years. It has a a great bakery and pastry shop next to restaurant run by the chef.
Our menu included a choice of
FIRST COURSE (choose one of the following):
- Escargots de Bourgogne: a french classic | parsley | garlic butter
- Goat Cheese Toast | blueberry chutney
- Bowl of French Onion Soup
SECOND COURSE (choose one of the following):
- Red Wine Braised Beef Cheeks
- Petit Tender: balsamic onion confit | blue cheese
- Papillotte of Salmon | tarragon-capers butter
THIRD COURSE (choose one of the following):
- Crème Brulee a la Vanilla
- Bread Pudding | caramel sauce
Next, the main course. None of us ordered the fish but it looked fantastic served at other tables. Mike and I ordered the Beef Cheeks and were not disappointed with the tender meat and vegetables in a red wine gravy. A lot like my version of Beef Bourguignon, a lot like it. The ladies each had the steak which turned out to be a thick cut of Flatiron and it was quite tasty. Interestingly, they were not asked how they wanted it cooked so it came to the table rare to medium.
The desserts were fantastic. The bread pudding being made with leftover croissants and a delightful caramel. I missed the creme anglaise I get at The Upstream though. All and all a five star night with great company.