Restaurant Reviews

Jeanne d’Arc

May 19, 2015
The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version: 
On the fence. (between Good not great and Winner)
The ambiance was amazing, the escargot was delicious and the mashed potatoes were great! However, my main course lacked the wow factor.
Hours
Tues – Sat 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Having not heard much about it, I was excited to try Jeanne d’Arc – a tiny, truly French restaurant hidden on the bottom floor of the Cornell Hotel de France. When you walk in you really feel like you’re in a different world. I loved the atmosphere, even though the restaurant is technically underground, it doesn’t feel that way. The stained glassed windows with faux-lighting makes it feel like 4pm all night long and the archways and painted walls give it a medieval look. I honestly felt like I was transported back in time, it had so much character. The restaurant wasn’t too loud and although the space by the door is narrow (where we were sitting) I was able to enjoy a romantic dinner and not feel cramped. I did notice the average age of the diners seemed to be a bit older, but it didn’t bother me because it meant the place was peaceful and not as rowdy 🙂 The service was friendly and attentive, our waiter has worked there for 32 years and it was nice to see him looking like he liked doing his job. My only complaint is that I felt a bit rushed. Jeanne d’Arc offers a 4-course menu with a few choices for your 2nd and last courses and about 10 options for your main course. This is where I got a little flustered because even when we asked for another minute, he kept showing up to take our order. I think if I had more time I might’ve ordered something different.What we ate:

  • 4-course dinner ($44/per person)

Thoughts?

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For the first course, they offer the soup of the day. That day we got lettuce soup – it was light in flavor, but very tasty. It didn’t have a weird after taste (that green creamy soups tend to have) and the onions garnished on top really complemented the soup well. I really enjoyed this.

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For the second course we got the Assiette de Charcuterie and the Escargots de Bourgogne. The charcuterie came with chicken liver mousse, duck rillettes, parma ham, salami and pickles. This was good, but nothing extraordinary. The escargot, however, was some of the best I have had. It wasn’t chewy, just super garlicky and pretty perfect. The sauce was delicious so I made sure to soak it all up with bread. Everything about the escargots was spot on!

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For the main course we chose a pan-seared halibut with white wine sauce, this was good, the fish was flaky and tasty, but I found it a tad too fishy and too much to have the whole thing.

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Since there were 2 of us, we also ordered the roast duck breast with lavender sauce. Besides being a bit rushed during the ordering process, I settled on this because the lavender sauce intrigued me. Most of you know I am obsessed with lavender so I had to try it. The duck was well cooked because it didn’t taste too fatty or chewy, but it was a little heavy and the lavender didn’t come through as much as I would’ve hoped. Also, to be honest, I wasn’t very turned on by the sauce because it had a deep blood color to it so it didn’t look as appetizing.The best part of the main course were the sides that came with each dish: whipped garlic Yukon potatoes, green beans sautéed with shallots and tomato with Provence herbs. OH MY… these potatoes were heavenly! Seriously, I wish I could just order these to go… because I would!

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For dessert we ordered both options: Grand Marnier soufflé and hazelnut chocolate cake. Both desserts were very good, I preferred the soufflé because the chocolate cake was very rich (so basically right up Dennis’ alley). Don’t get me wrong the cake was great, but I wouldn’t be able to have the whole thing. The soufflé was fluffy and amazing, I felt like I was eating clouds (that’s supposed to sound appealing).

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