Dining etiquette requires one to use a soupspoon for gazpacho, a dessertspoon for crème brûlée, and chopsticks for fitting in when dining with walrus. Learn to harness an arsenal of utensils with today’s Groupon to La Residence in Chapel Hill. Choose between the following options:
- For $75, you get a four-course dinner for two (a $150 value).
- For $145, you get a four-course dinner for four (a $300 value).<p>
The four-course dinner menu includes the following per person: * Petite lettuce salad * Butternut-squash soup * Seared scallops or Black Angus beef-tenderloin entree * Crème brûlée or chocolate pot de crème dessert<p>
La Residence’s executive chef Justin Cole chops, blends, and simmers locally sourced produce and seasonal ingredients to concoct mouthwatering Americanized French cuisine. Chef Justin tosses baby beets, house-made raisins, and chèvre in a baseball mit greased with cider dressing to form petite lettuce salads before heating butternut-squash soup to palate-pleasing temperatures. For main courses, he pairs Black Angus beef tenderloins with potato gratin, swiss chard, and golden beets or places seared scallops on beds of golden chanterelle and bacon lentils. Rounding out dinner parties with a dab of sweetness, Justin’s chocolate pot de crème rewards hardworking uvulas with brûléed banana and citrus crème chantilly. Though not included with today’s Groupon, guests can add wine pairings to each course for $15 per person instead of bartering.
Items on La Residence’s four-course dinner menu may vary depending on seasonal availability. A vegetarian menu is available upon request.
The face of the clock determines just what sort of gathering you'll find at La Residence. On Fridays at lunchtime, crepes leave the kitchen stuffed with sweet and savory fillings, from sriracha-spiced shrimp to bananas and chocolate. But as the sky darkens, a more classical air settles over the dining room. The fireplace begins to crackle, and patio lights flicker on above brick flooring. Chefs prep appetizers of baked brie and warm bruschetta—overtures to an innovative French supper. They fill crispy pot pies with fresh seafood while monitoring pink cuts of filet mignon. Every night finds them experimenting with a different risotto and fish, just as each season heralds a new menu, replete with ingredients from local farms.
Even when dusk has come and gone, the restaurant doesn't sleep. Four nights a week, it becomes a late-night cocktail lounge: Cafe LaRez. Guests sip on mojitos, mint juleps, and French 75s made with gin and champagne. A dance floor beckons to antsy feet, but sitting-room corners and a terrace by Rosemary Street provide space for quieter chats. On some evenings, the restaurant even hosts weddings, amplifying the romance of the occasion with its rose gardens and historical charm. Guests can also opt to dine in an enclosed patio and joy an evening under the stars.