The French Hen for Restaurant Week

By on September 13, 2010

I’ve been meaning to go to the French Hen for quite some time. But a dinner there normally runs well over $50 per person, so I’ve been saving it for a special occasion. This week, though, you can get a three course lunch for $13. That’s right: $13. It’s Restaurant Week. So I rounded up my friends.

It’s quite chic, and the service and decor reminded me of those swell, monstrously expensive little bistros you might find on a Manhattan side street. To my surprise, the place was empty. I chose a table next to a big wood-framed window, and sunlight streamed in from a little garden outside. I started with French onion soup (you can also get a salad). That was good, but the main course was better.

A big filet, perfectly cooked a la meuniere, with a light herbal butter sauce. There are also mashed potatoes and crunchy pea pods. The fish was moist and firm, with the skin on the bottom, and had a lovely rich flavor. The only thing that marred my happiness was Cathe’s order, which was even better.

Prime strip steak sandwich with tomato garlic butter. (Normally $18 on the lunch menu.) The steak was flavorful and the light tomato sauce was wonderful. Normally, I’d hate any kind of sauce on steak but I make an exception for that. So as I ate my fish I had to listen to Cathe’s delighted “oohhhhhh this is SO good!”

For dessert I had bread pudding… so pretty to look at and so lovely to eat.

Cathe had sorbet, and it was so well presented that she took a picture of it too.

Oh, write a review, my friends said. I told them I don’t normally do restaurant week reviews since it’s unfair to judge a place based on a bargain menu. But this is so good you must tell people about it, they have the rest of the week to try it. So I am. Go try it!

French Hen
7143 S Yale
http://www.frenchhentulsa.net/
492-2596
Restaurant week $13 lunch menu:
Menu For French Hen

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Brian Schwartz:

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society.  www.theomegasociety.com

I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola.

“A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

Brian Schwartz

About Brian Schwartz

Born in NYC, age 0, on my birthday. College in Oxford at age 16. Law School in New Haven, Conn. 6 years travel in Africa and Asia. Haven’t done much lately. Still, I’m the only Tulsa member of the little-known Omega Society. www.theomegasociety.com I speak enough Chinese to order food not on any English menu. Spanish French Italian too (not fluently but food-ently) My favorite restaurant is Jean-Georges in New York. But those NYC chefs would sell their soul to get the produce available from the farms around Inola. “A writer writes alone. His words tumble forth from a magical inner void that is mysterious even to himself, and that no one else can enter.” And yet, the most important thing to me the writer is YOU. Without you to hear them, my words are worth less than silence.

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