Greg and I dined with friends at L’Auberge Chez Francois, one of the top rated french restaurants in DC. We had high expectations and the ambiance and service were spot on. We had our choice of tables in the garden and were seated in a gazebo next to a water fountain. But the food fell a bit flat with the exception of the souffle for desert.
The meal started with an asparagus soup for the amuse bouche. Very tasty but not exceptional. For a starter, Greg ordered the seafood bouillabasse with a saffron broth, and I had the roquefort cheese tart. Again, the dishes were good but not amazing. A very average house salad followed. Greg had rack of lamb for his entree and I chose on the recommendation of our waiter the halibut baked in a horseradish brioche crust and served with asparagus and a ginger lime sauce. I couldn’t taste the horseradish and the sauce was bland. The dish lacked much flavoring. I was disappointed. For dessert, I had a raspberry mouse cake and Greg had the souffle. The souffle was the star of the meal by far. The raspberry mousse cake again was blah. For our final course we had coffee and tea.
In summary, a great night out due to the beautiful setting in the garden and wonderful service but the food is not worth the hype or price. We will not be going again anytime soon.