During our recent stay at the Cornell Hotel San Francisco, we were treated to an authentic French dining experience at the Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant. But before we show the delicacies that awaited us, let’s talk a little about the decor of Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant…
About Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant San Francisco
The Decoration of Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant
Located at the lower level of Cornell Hotel De France, Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant is the brain-child of the owners – the Lamberts. Having collected art pieces and relics of Joan of Arc (a French heroine who lived from 1412 – 1431 AD) over the years, Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant was originally a “Joan of Arc”-themed resident restaurant that was only opened to guests of Cornell Hotel. However, as fame of the decor and authentic French cuisine spread, Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant soon opened its doors to the public.
Today, it is celebrated as the oldest French restaurant, serving one of the best French cuisines in all of San Francisco. In fact, people visit the restaurant not only for its cozy atmosphere, but also its renowned signature dessert – the Grand Marnier Soufflé.
Prix fixe menu (4 courses) of Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant
Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant is open from 5:30pm to 9:30pm from Tuesdays to Saturdays and it serves a 4-course menu for a really good price of $48. This includes
The dinner started with a French vegetable soup that looked rich and creamy. On the first taste, there was a slight tinge of bitterness to it. However, as we tucked into our second spoonful, the rich flavours permeated our palettes and pretty soon, we found ourselves scrapping at the bottom of the soup bowl!
We were recommended by our host to have the escargots and pate. They were perfect! The escargots were sizzling as they were served and the rich taste of garlic and butter filled our cavities on every bite. The pate on the other hand was probably one of the most amazing gathering of textures we’ve had in USA. Very similar to Otah (in Singapore) but without the spice. Who knew that fresh shrimps, fish and leek, steamed together could bring about such sweet tastes of the sea?
Although there were choices of filet mignon, salmon and even rabbit, we went for the classics. Duck confit and Beef Bourguignon. The Duck confit was crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Though we would have liked the inside to be a little more moist, the taste more than made up for it. The beef on the other hand, soaked in all the flavours of the mushrooms, onions and red wine. Tender with mouth-watering juices on every bite. Yum!
For some variation (and reviews for our readers – aka you), we tried both the signature Grand Marnier Souffle and the Tiramisu. We left half the tiramisu while we cleared the souffle. Every last morsel of it. Now you know your choice when you visit right?
There are actually people who visit Jeanne d’Arc Restaurant just to have the souffle. The top had a slight crisp to it while the warm moist interior of the egg whites created magic with each spoonful. Well, we shall not do this amazing dish any more disservice by describing further.
Try it and be amazed. That’s how good it is.
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