Sunday, March 07, 2010

French 75, Laguna Beach, CA

French 75 is a small french Bistro and Champagne Bar. You don't need to be a connoisseur to have a good time at this quaint little restaurant. Advice: make a reservation and make sure you don't get there late. The restaurant is easily overbooked and wait times despite having reservations have been known to go past 45 minutes.

Amuse Bouche

Fresh Tomato Salad with cheese crumbles

Judgment: For those of you who don't know what an Amuse Bouche is, I will explain it. It is a dish in a dinner meal that is meant to just "tease" the palette. This did exactly that. It is not an appetizer of any sort but just something to introduce the dinner in a pleasant manner. The tomato and vegetables tasted fresh and was chilled to a good temperature. 7 / 10

Roasted Butternut Squash and Chestnut Bisque

Butternut Squash Bisque with White Truffle Chantilly Cream

Judgment: This bisque was delicious. The butternut squash was rich and flavorful, the chives add a hint of flavor, and the cream accents the bisque exceptionally. 8 / 10

Lobster Gnocchi

Lobster pieces with various vegetables and Gnocchi in brown butter sauce

Side-note: We were actually served this dish twice. For whatever reason, they delivered this dish to us twice and we didn't complain one bit :D

Judgment: Delicious Gnocchi! The lobster was cooked to proper temperature and the dish was seasoned beautifully. I really enjoyed this dish. Probably because I also got 2 servings of it. 9 / 10

Beef Duo

Filet Mignon, Beef Rib, Potatoes with Grilled Asparagus.

Judgment: What a dish!

Filet Mignon was cooked to a perfect Medium Rare and it was accompanied with a reduction sauce.

The Braised Short rib was literally fork tender and broke apart with a slight pull. Very delicious.

The only thing lacking on this dish was the potatoes. Everything else was great. As a whole the dish gets a 9 / 10.

Tahitian Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée

Vanilla Bean Crème Brulée with some berries

Judgment: This was a MUCH Better Creme Brulee than the one I had the night before. The Vanilla beans really bring out the richness and flavor of the dessert. 9 / 10

Conclusion: French 75 was actually a very pleasant dining experience. The waitstaff was curteous and the only grip I had with the restaurant really was the parking and the over-booking. Then again, it isn't the restaurant's fault if people just want to lounge around after their meals for 2+ Hours and enjoy the ambiance.

The Restaurant gets an A-Rank.

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