Chez Philippe

★★★★☆
  • 149 Union Ave

    Memphis, TN 38103

    Cross street: In The Peabody Hotel, Downtown

    Map & Directions
  • 901-529-4188

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Chez Phillipe was the epitomy of fine dining. The 3 and 5 course meals were experiences in themself. My husband and I reluctantly took our small children to this restaurant when we stayed at the Memphis Peabody. Surprisedly the formality of the atmosphere with soft lights and soft music calmed them and allowed them to be on their best behavior. The service and the food were both excellent. The chef was extremely accommodating to the children sending out extra courses for them as they patiently waited for their entree. The wait staff were very friendly. They assured us that if Joan Rivers could bring in her dog than small stuffed dogs were welcome as well.

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Chez Phillipe was the epitomy of fine dining. The 3 and 5 course meals were experiences in themself. My husband and I reluctantly took our small children to this restaurant when we stayed at the Memphis Peabody. Surprisedly the formality of the atmosphere with soft lights and soft music calmed them and allowed them to be on their best behavior. The service and the food were both excellent. The chef was extremely accommodating to the children sending out extra courses for them as they patiently waited for their entree. The wait staff were very friendly. They assured us that if Joan Rivers could bring in her dog than small stuffed dogs were welcome as well.

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Chef Jose Gutierrez is gone; but the new chef is experimenting with adding Asian touches to French cuisine, and we felt the result is a success. Most dishes feature a touch of daikon, sake, enoki, etc., but remain French in overall taste and presentation. The lobster cappucino with sake foam was fantastic, so complicated and yet light. My soy lacquered bass was also a wonderful mix of textures and flavors. The lamb, while flavorful, had a texture similar to corned beef, which made it less enjoyable. We each had the Grand Marnier souffle dessert, which grew somewhat tiresome about halfway through. Get one to share among two or more diners. The wine was tremendously overpriced, but was still very good. The service and ambience were exactly what we were looking for on a special evening, and though we made reservations on a Friday night, the restaurant was mostly empty.

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★★★★★

Chef Jose Gutierrez is gone; but the new chef is experimenting with adding Asian touches to French cuisine, and we felt the result is a success. Most dishes feature a touch of daikon, sake, enoki, etc., but remain French in overall taste and presentation. The lobster cappucino with sake foam was fantastic, so complicated and yet light. My soy lacquered bass was also a wonderful mix of textures and flavors. The lamb, while flavorful, had a texture similar to corned beef, which made it less enjoyable. We each had the Grand Marnier souffle dessert, which grew somewhat tiresome about halfway through. Get one to share among two or more diners. The wine was tremendously overpriced, but was still very good. The service and ambience were exactly what we were looking for on a special evening, and though we made reservations on a Friday night, the restaurant was mostly empty.

Pros: Food, Wine, Service/Atmosphere

Cons: Price, esp. wines

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The web site showed Pheasant and when we arrived it was not on the menu. The wine we selected was not available. The Chardonnay eventually served was so cold it might as well have been served on ice. However, the Lobster bisque soup, after being spilled by the server, was tasty. On to the meal, the shrimp was overdone, the Salmon was rare but the fresh vegetables brought order to the chaos. The soufflé was perfect and the aperitif at the beginning made for an extremely mediocre French experience.

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★★☆☆☆

The web site showed Pheasant and when we arrived it was not on the menu. The wine we selected was not available. The Chardonnay eventually served was so cold it might as well have been served on ice. However, the Lobster bisque soup, after being spilled by the server, was tasty. On to the meal, the shrimp was overdone, the Salmon was rare but the fresh vegetables brought order to the chaos. The soufflé was perfect and the aperitif at the beginning made for an extremely mediocre French experience.

Pros: service, souffle

Cons: lack of live music, food, wine

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Versailles-inspired decor lends Chez Philippe a romantic ambience mixed with a genteel Old South feel. Chef Reinaldo Alfonso offers three-, five- and seven-course tasting menus of Southern cuisine. Choices vary by season, and the chef…

 

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