Restaurant Week at Le Perigord

A friend and I went to Le Perigord for Restaurant Week, a French restaurant in East Midtown. Le Perigord was a truly fine dining atmosphere with white table cloths, beautiful roses (pink or yellow) on each table and immaculate  silverware.

First course I picked the vegetable tart, which was délicieux! It was flaky, airy and flavorful. I savored every bite.

For the main dish, I was trying to decide between Loin of lamb sauteed with ratatouille and couscous or the Filet of Salmon with grenoblaise with mash potato and spinach. I finally chose the salmon, and feel that I definitely made the right choice. The meal well-portioned, and the salmon came looking beautiful. The salmon was of high quality, and simply divine – Melted in my mouth! The grenoblaise sauce was lemony and buttery, without the capers per my request. Though they skimped a bit on the sides – spinach and mashed potato – the mashed potato turned out well.

The dessert, however was sorely disappointing. I had gotten the chocolate mousse, thinking how could I go wrong with chocolate? Instead of being a chocolate mousse cake, or chocolate mousse beautifully presented in a nice glass, it was just black and white chocolate mousse (literally mousse) next to each other, with darker chocolate syrup around the two. I guess it was my fault or not clarifying.

My friend’s dessert, however, was much more satisfying. It was the Fresh fruit Napolean and gorgeously plated with flaky light pastry, rich cream, fresh raspberries & blueberries and a fruity sauce, with a sprinkling of powdered sugar on top. Simply delectable, perfectly wonderful!

If only we had seen the dessert cart ahead of time…

The waiters were well-tuxed, but our waiter, while well-intentioned didn’t give me the impression that he knew the menu well. He couldn’t explain the entrees, or give me an opinion on which would be better. However, all in all a decent meal, fancy dining and … Would I come back? Possibly – for one of those desserts!

Here’s a little tip about Summer Restaurant Week 2012: Though RW officially ended on August 10, there are select restaurants (about half) that are currently offering 3-course dinners and lunches at Restaurant Week Prices ($35 for dinner and $24 for lunch) until September 3. The program is NYC Go Prix Fixe, so make sure to take advantage! (Unfortunately, Le Perigord is not participating.)


Address: 405 E 52 St.

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