Given that Valentine's Day fell on a Monday this year, my wife and I opted to go out for a celebratory dinner this past Saturday night. Usually I reserve posts on restaurants for when we are out of town, as I want to avoid the the impression that meals on a random Tuesday at Chili's are up for review. However, given the number of upscale dining options which have opened in Ocala, I've decided to relax this policy from time to time. Such is the case with our dinner at La Cuisine.
Joining the ever growing scene in downtown Ocala, La Cuisine is one of several upscale eateries to have opened over the last few years, and is the only authentic French restaurant in the local area. The restaurant has received rave reviews on just about every outlet online, and in 2009 was recognized as one of the "Best New Restaurants" by Florida Trend Magazine. With that in mind, I decided that our Valentine's dinner was the perfect time to see if they really live up to all the hype.
There were many great options for dessert, from which I chose the "Pain Perdu." Given that French toast and ice cream are two of my favorite things in life, it's safe to say only good can come from combining them into one dish. It was the best part of my evening, and it's my sincere hope they don't run out on my next visit.