We celebrated our wedding anniversary at Marche aux Fleurs last week. I loved my dinner, my wife disliked hers, so this is really a mixed review, causing me to be hesitant to recommend the restaurant.
Service was excellent. Our server was attentive, as were the helper servers. The server knew it was our anniversary (front of house did their job and relayed the info from our reservation), and made a special effort to help us celebrate.
I ordered the white corn soup (with smoked paprika and cornbread croutons) as an appetizer and loved the creamy full-bodied taste. My wife ordered the beet salad (roasted gold and pink beets/albion strawberries/goat cheese/pistachio/citrus vinaigrette) and was raving about the vinaigrette and pistachios.
So far so great!
For my main, I had the wild king salmon (fig-leaf wrapped/farro/romano beans/fig and olive tapenade). Given a choice, I'll order salmon if a restaurant has it featured on the menu, and this combination sounded great. It was served at the perfect temperature (for my taste), hot, but still slightly rare on the inside. All the flavors went well together.
My wife was very disappointed with her main, the organic polenta (farm egg/grilled summer squash/huitlacoche/cherry tomato/grilled green onion/salsa verde). The plate was gorgeous and looked appetizing. It sounded like this should be full of flavor. The veggies were great, but the star of the dish, the polenta, was tasteless, as was the huitlacoche. Did the chef forget to season it? Not wanting to make waves, my wife didn't mention her disappointment.
Finally for dessert, we ordered the warm flourless chocolate cake (72% guittard chocolate, crushed almond amaretti, Tahitian vanilla ice cream). It was served with an anniversary candle on top (thanks!) and we both enjoyed it. It was dense, warm, chocolaty, and the ice cream was exactly what was needed to balance it out.
Will we try it again? Maybe in a few years, once my wife forgets her disappointment.
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