3630 Park St
Jacksonville, FL 32205
I learned about Restaurant Orsay several years ago, and have been a regular ever since. I thought finally a restaurant in Jacksonville that will shake up the true foodies of the city. Well it’s only gotten better. I have reviewed this restaurant on social media in my pre-blogger days and thought it was times to update and blog about my love affair with this restaurant. Once again the crew was off to one of the best bunches in town. Reservations are a must, unless you don’t mind waiting, which is easily done in the bar or weather permitting out on the comfy couches and chairs on the patio. An impressive menu of craft cocktails as well as one of the best Bloody Mary’s in town is sure to please and for the non alcohol drinking guests juices and teas will fill the bill. When we go as a group which is the unusual, we just order in no special order and share every dish, so food just shows up as it is prepared and we just enjoy. Today was no different,
Let’s get to the food; Two dollar Deviled Eggs perfect presentation tasty yolk and a perfect portion of Eden Farms bacon, Next Lobster Mac & Cheese now I have tried this on every menu I seen in town and make my own but this is a beautiful dish full of bite sized pieces of lobster and a sweet combination of Parmesan Reggiano & Gruyere. I always order the large portion, by the time my companions tasted it there was nearly not enough left. Lesson: never share!
Biscuits and Gravy, I can’t recall the last time I had a biscuit, but when it arrived it was a “please let me try” item. Sweet, flaky, moist, warm all at once, served atop a flavorful gravy that begged for dipping. I will order my own next time in.
Special on the menu for this day, Pork Belly, with Anson Mill grits and soft egg. It is well documented that my love of pork belly is over the top and I have no shame. Once again the chef at Orsay manages to make it even better than the time before. Grits smooth but not watery and the egg just perfectly cooked. For those of you who like to mix yolk and grits this is your dish.
Next the Duck Confit Hash. I have only had Duck Confit in France but the moment I put the meat in my mouth the memories came flooding back. The fingering potatoes were browned to perfection and succulent with the duck fat. OMG did I say Duck Fat. This was truly a beautiful dish,
And the food keeps coming, in the form of Shrimp and Grits this time, another favorite of the group. Some one always manages to order this dish when we are at Orsay, and it never fails. French Toast, large bias cut slices of French bread served with warm syrup. The goodness just exudes from this dish.
My own personal dish, Steak Frites I’ve had this dish before so expectation was high that it would be perfect and it was. Everyone, shared and um um their way on each bite. Meat a warm pink center, juicy and tender, fries salty and needed no condiment in my world
Well realizing I am already into Augusts calories I should go ahead and have desert; Chocolate salted caramel cheese cake. This is actually a small bite, so it was perfect, each person had a taste and I just enough to not push me over the edge, and one order of Profiteroles Marvelous presentation and everyone was more than happy to give these a try.
For those of you who have dined at Restaurant Orsay, you already know the wonder of this spot, for the others please treat your self to one of the best food experiences to be had in Jacksonville. Post and let me know.