We were only staying at the Maritim Jolie Ville for three nights so the three night dinner package at LE375 to eat at three different restaurants was an obvious choice as it meant each was really well priced and especially the hotel’s fine dining restaurant, La Fleur. We were looking forward to it
We booked La Fleur for our second night so by the time we sat at our table we were getting used to how friendly and happy the entire hotel’s staff seemed and the staff at La Fleur were no exception. We felt very welcome. The atmosphere was welcoming too even though, as with everywhere in Egypt at the moment, it was not particularly full.
The menu is excellent, just enough and a nice variety of dishes for both starters and main and even if we had been paying full price not overly priced for fine dining. This was mirrored in the wine list too.
Margaret chose the Duck Liver Pate followed by Surf and Turf and for me, being a seafood enthusiast there was only one choice, Red Sea Crayfish Thermidor, irresistible, especially as you don’t see thermidor that often on menus in the UK, and setting the seafood tone a starter of Jumbo Prawn and Scallops. We chose a ‘Superior Premium’ Egyptian red, Jardin Du Nil, which was smooth, full-bodied and an excellent choice that more than fulfilled its promise. Egyptians have been making wine since time immemorial so it was no surprise it was so good. What a great shame we don’t find them in the UK.
The starters were served well within an acceptable time and were delicious. The pate was soft, creamy and extremely delicate, beautifully presented. The jumbo prawns and scallops just cooked to perfection, soft and juicy. Neither did we have to wait too long for mains.
Margaret is a steak connoisseur so to declare the steak part of the surf and turf as possibly the best she had ever eaten was praise indeed. It was soft and very tender with huge steak flavours. I tasted a little, it is top of the list of things worth going back to the Jolie Ville for and there is a lot on that list all challenging for top spot. The lobster tail ‘surf’ part was also deliciously soft and tender.
I had not had Red Sea Crayfish before and thermidor sauce is an art. I really need say no more than just perfect; soft succulent, a noticeably good portion and a thermidor with excellent depth and flavour. In both cases the chef’s choice of vegetables was absolutely right.
The Maître d and all the waiters have that special skill of being really friendly whilst giving perfect service.
We didn’t do dessert but retired for coffee and to listen to the delightful piano playing of John Tarkla in the Ascot Bar (YouTube: John Tarkla, Shadow of Your Dreams). And to round off a memorable night we went and lay by the banks of the Nile . . . . as you do.
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