With a deal coupon, CC and I went to Fleuri for its Lobster, Beef & Chocolate menu. It’s a 5-course menu including amuse bouche, salad, soup, entree and access to the world’s famous chocolate buffet – voted No. 1 Place for Chocolate by National Geographic. It’s originally priced at $65 per person, but thanks to the coupon, $65 for two people.
Our dinner started with lobster mousse as Amuse Bouche. The mousse was creamy with a hint of sweetness, which was contrasted by the peppery taste of horseradish aioli and baby arugula. I think we were off to a good start.
The first course was the Chilled Lobster Tail. Well, half a lobster tail. It’s decent but nothing special about the meat. The micro herb salad was quite nice with the citrus vinaigrette. What confused me was the gel and the string of lemon cream cheese. The gel was too tart on its own and the lemon cream cheese was just too gelatinous in texture. Now combining with the lobster meat, flavour wise it worked, but texture wise it was a miss for me.
Next was the Corn Bisque. I appreciate the fact that it’s poured right in front of us (that always earns an extra point in my book). The bisque itself was quite light; the salty salami ragout added some savoury flavours to it. With a spoonful, you can taste the sweet corn kernel, earthy chanterelle mushroom and salty salami strips all mixed together in a creamy broth.
The portion size of the Beef Tenderloin was quite small. I’m not sure if there were even 4oz of meat. That being said, it was cooked to medium rare and it was tender. The vegetables were fresh and the jus brought everything together. Overall it was a good dish; I just wish that it’s a slightly bigger plate.
In the beginning I was really worried that I would be stuffed before we got to dessert. Because the portion size was small, we still had room for dessert (without activating the “dessert” compartment in my tummy). Right away, I went to the crepe station. We sat pretty close to it so ever since we were seated I’d been tempted by the smell of freshly prepared crepe.
The crepe was made to order and there were many types of toppings and a few choices of ice cream to help ourselves to. I chose a scoop of chocolate ice cream topped with some peanut and drizzles of fruit sauce. I found the crepe to be a bit dense and too dark for my liking, but fresh crepe is always a delight to have.
In addition to the crepe station, the Chocolate Buffet also includes a chocolate fountain, bread pudding, mousse, profiteroles, and endless selection of cakes.
We tried around 10 types and they were all pretty good. Some were lighter and infused with other flavours, and some were rich and decadent. But they were pretty much all in cake/cheesecake form. I would expect the world’s No. 1 place for chocolate indulgence to have a wider variety of chocolate offerings, such as bonbons, drinking chocolate, cookies, pot de creme, fudge, and tarts. This buffet alone would’ve cost $28 per person, and many people come specifically for this. Frankly judging by what I had, I wasn’t blown away by it.
At 50% off, I think it was great value. If I were to pay $65 for what I had, I found the portion to be a bit small for savoury courses and overall just average quality. The chocolate buffet would’ve been an amazing end to our meal, but the lack of variety just made it less impressive. If you have a chocoholic guest visiting, the chocolate buffet would be a neat thing on the itinerary but I would suggest to lower your expectation of the world’s No. 1 chocolate place.
Fleuri @ Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street, Vancouver