Routier is a new casual French restaurant in Pacific Heights co-owned by b. Patisserie’s Belinda Leong. So, based solely on her incredible kouign-amann and financiers, I had high expectations when I ordered the Formule Routier - a $39, three-course prix fixe dinner that comes with an appetizer, main, and dessert. The edition I got included a rillettes de volaille, a petrale sole with mustard sauce and a rich potato puree, and an amazing buttermilk panna cotta topped with persimmon strips and pomegranate seeds. The dinner was incredible. And even though it made me wish I could enjoy it in their airy dining room with the plush blue velvet seats, eating the takeout at home made me feel like I was celebrating a special occasion. Other things that make Routier special are the a la carte options, like a game-changing chicken liver mousse with a chunky sweet red currant compote, and one of the most tender beef cheeks I’ve had.
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