Saint Emilion is considered by many to be the best French restaurant in Fort Worth. Being a lover of French cuisine and fine dining, I knew that I had to try this restaurant to see for myself. After looking at the menu online, I immediately called to make reservations. Their menu offers classic French cuisine with an influence from the Saint Emilion region in southwestern France, where the chef is originally from. The atmosphere inside of the restaurant is quaint and intimate. There are only about fifteen tables inside, which create a feeling of exclusiveness. The dim lighting and French country decor create a comfortable ambiance.
The wine list is extensive and offers unique wines from around the world in all different varieties. To accompany my meal, I ordered a glass of the Pinot Noir from Routestock Cellars in Willamette Valley. It had notes of raspberry, cherry, violets, and spice. My boyfriend, Stephen, had a glass of the Malbec from Chateau Famaey in France. He said it was the perfect compliment to his steak-frites.
To start off, I ordered the Saint-Jacques du Chef, Jumbo sea scallops prepared in a light and flavorful butter garlic sauce with sauteed carrots. The scallops were cooked perfectly and the way that the chef prepared them they were bursting with flavor. The carrots were light and were the perfect and unexpected accompaniment to the scallops.
My friend Erin started off with the Lobster Soufflé, which is only served on Wednesdays. The soufflé was phenomenal. I love lobster to begin with, but this soufflé was baked perfectly. The crust was light and fluffy and the lobster on the inside was tender and had a delicious, creamy sauce poured on top that put this dish over the top. This appetizer is a must try if you are a lobster fan.
Stephen started off with the Country Duck Pâté Maison. This dish has been one of Saint Emilion’s specialties since they opened. It features homemade duck pâté with pistachios served with French condiments. The dish came with pearl onions, olives, and Dijon mustard.
For my entrée, I ordered the Chef’s beef special of the day, which was a rib eye accompanied by rosemary mashed potatoes, asparagus, carrots, and tomatoes. The rib eye was really good; however, it did have a considerable amount of fat on it. I ordered it medium rare and it was juicy and tender. The mashed potatoes were velvety and rich. I really like the rosemary flavor. The chef definitely has a gift for cooking vegetables. The asparagus on my dish was the best I’ve ever had. The way he prepared it infused the asparagus with tremendous flavor.
Erin also had one of the chef’s daily specials for her entrée. She ordered the Sea Scallops a la Carbonara. Her scallops were prepared perfectly, just like mine. The dish came with six scallops on top of a bed of pasta with pancetta bits in a light creamy carbonara sauce. Despite the richness and boldness of the flavors, this dish was very light.
Stephen ordered the Steak au Poivre for his entrée. This dish consisted of a Black Angus New York Strip in a classic black peppercorn sauce with Frites (Fries). His steak was delicious and came with a scrumptious brown sauce for dipping. The fries were also very good.For dessert we all shared the Tuile aux Mures, which came with mixed berries warmed in a raspberry liquor with fromage blanc in a crunchy pistachio-coconut cup. This dessert was out of this world. It was decadent and delectable. The warm berries lightened the dish up and went perfectly with the rich custard and sponge type cake that they were on top of.
I thoroughly enjoyed Saint Emilion and highly recommend it to anyone who has a love of fine French cooking. I enjoyed the seafood dishes the most. Make sure to try a dish that has scallops in it when you come! For more information on their location and menu click here.