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9th December
written by Steph
While Tony works away on writing our mega wrap-up post of our trip to San Francisco, I thought I'd whet all your appetites by sharing with you our super fancy meal at La Folie. As frequent readers know, Tony and I are pretty adventurous eaters and we enjoy spoiling ourselves every now and then with haute cuisine. We've eaten at the majority of upscale eateries here in Nashville, and pretty much every trip we take is capped in some way with an extravagant repast (plus, when we're not eating with the blue bloods, we tend to be scoping out the very best street food that a town has to offer!). It's not an exaggeration to say that food plays a big part in our life. La Folie was our big splurge meal while in San Francisco, and it was a special first for us because it was the first restaurant we've ever dined at that has a coveted Michelin star. After this sumptuous feast, we can certainly say that star is well-deserved, but also find ourselves wondering what the heck you have to do to earn 2 or even 3 stars! If you're a crazy foodie or just like to see what crazy things we pay good money to put in our mouths, look no further; your time has come! Click on pictures to enlarge and read descriptions. As you can see this was an incredibly sumptuous and decadent meal. It was also our most expensive splurge to date, but well worth it. We both got to try several things we'd never even seen on menus before (or really anywhere apart from Top Chef), and it was really a thrill to eat such a well-constructed meal. Certainly not an every-day type of meal and it's hard to imagine how it could be topped, but it was definitely a lovely experience. If you're ever in San Francisco and want to break the budget and eat the meal of a lifetime, La Folie is all you need.


  1. 12/09/2010

    Oh so beautiful and looks delicious! Having met and shared a meal or two with you both I have doubt you’re adventurous eaters. The duck breast, scallops and pig feet look so yummy. I’ve never had snail but that looks very appetizing as well. I have never eaten at La Folie even though the restaurant is literally right in my neck of the wood. Glad you and Tony have great culinary and bookish memories in my town. 🙂

  2. Oliver

    Every plate looks brown and/or orange. My eyes just ate and they are bored.

  3. 12/10/2010

    What outrageous food! A lot of those things I have never tried before, and I would relish the chance to eat at this restaurant and get the chance to try them out. Thanks for sharing this post and all the wonderful pictures!

  4. 12/10/2010

    Yumm-Y! We also splurge once in a while and have one fancy dinner at every new place we visit.

    Was the dessert as sophisticated is taste as it looks in the pate? I’m all about desserts!

  5. 12/10/2010

    @ Matt: You simply must try escargot at some point – they are pretty neutral, so when served with plenty of garlic butter, they’re divine (and are a lot like good mushrooms). La Folie is certainly not one of those places I can see people just popping in on a whim since the pacing of the courses (and the price) really make it a full evening event. Tony and I each got four courses and were there for about 3 hours!
    @ Oliver: I didn’t think about the color palate at the time of eating, but you’re right there is a lot brown and orange. I think part of that could be the low lighting which emphasized those tones in our pictures – each plate actually had a lot of vivid colors (with a lot of flashes of green), but they look a lot more subdued in the photos. Also, many of the things we ordered probably emphasized those colors!
    @ zibilee: Truly outrageous food! When Tony first showed me the menu, I only made it through the soups and salads section before saying we had to eat there. I think that if you have any interest in trying out foods that are slightly more adventurous (like duck tongue) this is the place to do it since everything we had was delicious. The chef clearly knows what he was doing.
    @ Alex: Yes fancy dinners are a lot of fun, but too many of them can be tiring! It’s good to save them for special occasions and travel (which sadly for us still counts as a “special occasion”… if only I could travel professionally!).
    The dessert was really fantastic – the tiramisu was nice and subtle, but the espresso ice cream packed a punch! Loved it, and I also loved the raspberry (? can’t remember!) syrup they drizzled on the plate since I love chocolate + raspberry. They had so many desserts to choose from it was hard to pick just one!

  6. 12/10/2010

    Mouthwatering! I love the amuse bouches you get in fancy restaurants. Sometimes they’re the most exciting bit:)

  7. okay, i admit to having the palate of a 7-year-old so that’s how i’ll preface my comment.

    from afar, your photos are GORGEOUS! i love little food–all cute and ornately plated.

    but then i clicked on each photo, and that’s when things went down hill. did i see DUCK TONGUE? frothy bone marrow??? entrails?? sweet bread???? i’m FAINTING.

    my hubby and i went to san francisco and ate at in-and-out burger. lol.

    adventure to me is having velveeta mac and cheese instead of the trusty blue box.

    i’m glad you guys enjoyed your repast–i’m sure it was thrilling because you just never knew what would show up next! thanks for the pics and i look forward to tony’s wrap up.

  8. 12/11/2010

    Hmm, I think I may have eaten some frog legs at this restaurant… I went to the website and the pictures look familiar. Alas, it was not a good experience for me, for reasons mostly unrelated to the food.

  9. mee

    Wow that’s a splurge! I’m a foodie too but I admit I have not dared to spend so much on such extravagant meal yet 😉

    Would like to let you know too that I’ve received Hardboiled Wonderland a couple of days ago. Thanks so much Steph!

  10. 12/13/2010

    @ sakura: Yes, amuse bouches are so fun especially because they are always a surprise! This poached egg one was one of my favorite things I ate all evening!
    @ nat: Ha ha ha! I knew there would be a few people out there fainting from this meal! Certainly it’s not to everyone tastes, though I will say that while in SF Tony and I did also hit up the in-and-out burger so we enjoy all ends of the food spectrum! 😉
    @ charley: Sad to hear that you had a less than stellar experience here for non-food issues. I hate when external factors conspire to ruin a meal!
    (also, they do offer frogs’ legs here, but I opted for escargot instead!)
    @ mee: This was by far the cusp of our foodiedom so far! Can’t imagine searching out another meal to top this one…
    Also, so happy to hear your book (finally) arrived! 😀

  11. Kathleen

    The food is so beautiful that I would hate to eat it!

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