I have been looking forward to this day for a long time.
This afternoon, Luke and I went to Le Bec Fin, one of the finest French restaurants in the country. Luke had given me a gift certificate last year for my graduation and we never used it!
Upon entering the restaurant, I have to say we were both a little on edge…it was so fancy!
First, you are seated and presented with the wine list…about 20 pages with wines ranging from $35-$3500! Then, we waited for about 15 minutes before they gave you the menu…I guess that is part of the ‘French experience’ :)
I ordered a delicious red wine…honestly, one the the best wines I’ve had.
I’ve never seen so many utensils! I actually asked the waiter what one spoon was for:
Apparently, it’s for scraping the sauce from the sides of the plate to keep it neat. How about that!
Luke decided to get the Prix Fixe menu…including one of Les Entrées, one Plat Principal, and dessert.
I decided just to get an ‘entree’ because I wanted to save myself for Chef Cedric Barberet’s amazing selection of cakes.
To start, I ordered the Mushroom Ravioli with Ivory Sauce and Luke ordered the Snail Cassolette with Hazelnut & Champagne Garlic Butter.
Both were unbelievable! The Mushroom Ravioli was delicious in a simple way. Whereas the Cassolette was so incredibly rich and decadent.
After, Luke had the 5oz Filet Mignon with Pomme Pont-Neuf, Sauce Bordelaise. He said the steak “melted in his mouth”.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more amazing, the waiter brought us the cake menu. Now, Luke ordered a Fruit Tart, and I ordered Le Bec-Fin’s signature cake, Gâteau Le Bec-Fin. It “features layers of chocolate genoise soaked in rum and chocolate mousse, topped with a stunning display of chocolate fans”.
The waiter inquired: Are you celebrating anything special (was it that obvious we weren’t accustomed to this type of lavish restaurant?! lol)
Me: Yes, well, we are celebrating new jobs!
A little while later, another waiter came out with two beautiful ‘sampler’ platters for us
Me: I don’t think that is ours…but we will take it, of course…
Him: Yes, well I believe the waiter added on something extra for you too.
Now these sampler platters are usually supposed to be $12 each! So we were certainly treated.
The Gâteau Le Bec-Fin was unbelievable…from the first bite, I was in love. It was so rich and just the right amount of ‘rum taste’.
We also had the Tarte aux Fruits; layers of fresh seasonal fruit on a Tahitian vanilla mousseline base. The crust was spectacular…so buttery and indulgent. Gotta love the French for their ability to use butter in everything. And yes, that is gold on top!
The star of the show, for me, was the Souffle Glace (a frozen souffle). I can’t even describe how amazing this was…I tried it first and saved the rest for the end.
Rest assured, we both finished our own dessert plates. I think the chocolate cake and the frozen souffle were the best things I’ve ever eaten in.my.life!
Le Bec Fin was a really special experience. I’ve never been to such an impressive restaurant before. I am in awe that such a place exists in Philadelphia and I was fortunate enough to go there. Luke and I both really enjoyed ourselves, and will certainly remember this day fondly.