La Sirène French Restaurant is a sweet and cute little #FrenchBistro on Broome Street in downtown Manhattan. My friend and I found ourselves there after a long walk from midtown. It is considered as French semi gastronomy according to their website. Their signature is the good-bye gift of a lollipop for each customer at the end of the meal. Mine was a sweetie lemony one. 🙂
Moules Marinières: steamed mussels in white wine and fresh herbs. This is the classic preparation. I apologize for the out of focus picture; I did not have my regular camera with me and had to make do with a borrowed one. Despite the photo, the mussels were excellent. Very clean, fresh and the sauce was perfect. The bread that we used to dip the sauce was also very authentically French.
The side dish that came with our entrée to be shared, from left to right: pureed carrot, cauliflower, Mexican chayote, and caramalized eggplants. These are the best veggies I have ever tasted. I kept on wondering how much sugar and butter were put in.
Tournedos Rossini: Seared filet mignon topped with foie gras (pate style), shallots, port and red wine truffles sauce. The sauce was strong and oozing with umami. I kept on stealing the sauce for my hanger steak.
Onglet Poêlée, à la Luchonaise: butter only seared hanger steak, roasted garlic, parsley. They had me at “butter only!”
Fondant au Chocolat Noir: dark lava chocolate cake and home-made coconut sherbet. This was very delicious. Enjoyed every spoon of it. The dark lava chocolate did the French proud and made me smile. 🙂 Add to the chocolate glory, the coconut sherbet brought the uniqueness and completed the profile. I was very happy with this dessert. Quite a close for our meal.
Although my friend and I were very satisfied with our entrée, we have come to learn that La Sirène’s signature dish is Cassoulet Toulouse’s Style: cannellini beans, carrots, tomato, garlic duck confit, slab bacon and pork sausage all braised with noble duck fat, white stock and foie gras jus. Sounds very heavy. They claims that this dish was served to warriors going to war to defend their village. Slight exaggeration. Nonetheless, we saw many tables around us had the Cassoulet.
For Cassoulet Fans – go try it. Cannot go wrong if majority of their customers ordered it.
This wonderful experience was booked using Open Table and took place at
558 Broome St
New York, NY 10013
Between Avenue Of The Americas & Varick St in South Village
Tel: (212) 925-3061
P.S. They only accept American Express and of course cash!
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