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J-J Rousseau

genuine luxury

Posted on 2006.05.21 at 17:08
Current Mood: fullfull
Current Music: The Cramps - Jungle Hop
Last night was, at long last, the big dining out adventure. Sarah and Peter took me, my Mom, and Stefanie out as a joint birthday present for my Mom and me. This was the first chance Mom has had to come up, so we put it off until last night.
We dined at L'espalier, an haute haute cuisine French restaurant in the Back Bay. We got all dolled up, dressed to the nines, etc. It was worth it.
The restaurant itself was really nice, but the service was truly spectacular. The menu was kind of complicated, but then the waiter finally said "basically, you can have anything you want." Plus, they had an option where instead of ordering a bottle of wine, they had their sommelier choose a glass or two to go with each individual course.
My favorite bit of the experience was the fact that while the waiter addressed the males in the second person, he used various honorific third person phrases when talking to the ladies, usually "my good lady." It was a treat having him say "Would my good lady like some more wine?" I am gonna have to steal that move.
Oh plus the food was really really good. Perfect amounts- enough that I felt full, but not too full. Enough wine that I felt a little bit lit, but not drunk.
I highly recommend it, especially if you can get someone else to pay.


Comments:


Misty D. Hudson
mistytsim at 2006-05-21 22:10 (UTC) (Link)
I love her tights!
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-21 22:46 (UTC) (Link)
They are actually these.

Majorly cute!
Susan
suzermagoozer at 2006-05-22 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
you didn't say what you ate!!!!!!!!!!
that menu is amazing.
i want that thing with a cheese course.

more fromage, por favor!!
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-22 01:48 (UTC) (Link)
I had the whole fancy salad deal, the halibut (which they made special without clams) and the marlin. Then they had a cheese course with five cheeses arranged clockwise on the plate from mildest to strongest, then the dessert which was chocolate mousse and a piece of chocolate with tangerine on it.
And wine.

Oh and to start this special cocktail with champagne, rasperry juice, and fresh raspberries floating around.
Isabella Valentine
isabellaval at 2006-05-22 01:37 (UTC) (Link)
prettttyyyy...... I am so happy things are going well for you!
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-22 01:49 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks!!!!
miz_tuffet at 2006-05-22 02:33 (UTC) (Link)
sounds tres tres elegant! :)
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-22 02:35 (UTC) (Link)
That was the word for it! Also: ritzy!
shullie
shullie at 2006-05-22 10:03 (UTC) (Link)
sounds like a great night

xxx
(Anonymous) at 2006-05-22 14:09 (UTC) (Link)

cheese

Don't forget the "Cheese Map." The waiter gave us one of these to navigate the Cheese course. Also to prevent questions like "where's my cheese?"
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-22 14:12 (UTC) (Link)

Re: cheese

true! It was a wallace and grommit moment in terms of cheeseophilia.
starrydesert at 2006-05-23 16:34 (UTC) (Link)
Wow!! What a fantastic experience. What did you eat? What did you taste? You just gotta love a dessert menu where the first 10 items consists of booze.

I want to know more...feed me!
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-23 19:51 (UTC) (Link)
I think I answered the what did we eat thing somewhere in there... but it was really good.
starrydesert at 2006-05-23 16:38 (UTC) (Link)
Oh wait, I see now what you ate, sorry. But what's a "cheese map"?
Jonathan
theservant at 2006-05-23 19:53 (UTC) (Link)
Well, they had the cheeses arranged in a circle going around from mildest to strongest, and then they gave us a little piece of paper which showed which was which, and what each kind was and where it was from, etc.
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