The United States and France have hosted some of history’s most famous cultural exchanges, from Americans welcoming the Statue of Liberty in 1886 to French voters electing Jerry Lewis mayor of Paris in 1974. Schedule a dinnertime meeting between the two great nations with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of upscale French fare at Hexagone.
Named for France’s six-sided geography, Hexagone plots a culinary excursion through the country with stops culled from an extensive dinner menu of 40 appetizers and entrees. In a dining room draped with elegant curtains and tapestries depicting the history of venetian blinds, diners nibble on an assorted selection of bleu d'Auvergne, brie, goat cheese, and fruits ($11) or savory escargots à la bourguignonne ($10). A rosemary sauce hangs its flavorful hat upon the roasted rack of lamb ($30) and seabass combines with a Mediterranean sauce ($26). Diners can also opt the Alaskan halibut and lobster smothered in mouthy vermouth sauce ($32) or Muscovy breast of duck with leg confit and orange sauce ($26). Sip drops of sauvignon blanc ($7.50) from the well-curated wine menu, letting wine chaperone bites of caramelized, brandied apples in the apple tarte tatin ($8.50) or wet whistles before recitations of villanelles about supervillains.
Hexagone takes its name from France's distinctive six-sided shape, celebrating its equally distinctive cuisine with a menu that seamlessly blends treasured traditions with contemporary influences. Diners dig their forks into tender beef bourguignon and sirloin, Muscovy duck, and seabass draped in rich bearnaise sauce and vegetable ragout. Appetizers and bistro lunches whet palates with morsels of mushroom ravioli, salad nicoise, escargot, and mussels mariniere elegantly plated with leafy garnish.
Fine French and Californian wines pair with any meal. The décor cultivates a refined atmosphere, with its linen-clad tables, sheer, flowing drapes that allow sunlight to filter through, and walls clad in French black-light posters.