Le Papillon

Address:410 Saratoga Avenue at Kiely ( Off HWY 280 )
San Jose, CA 95129

Tel: (408) 296-3730
Fax: (408) 247-7812
Hours:
Mon 11:30am- 2:30pm. Mon-Sat 5:00pm-10:00pm. Sun 5:00pm- 9:00pm
Cuisine: French
Email: scott@lepapillon.com
Web Site: www.lepapillon.com
Since 1977, Le Papillon has set the standard for innovative French cuisine in San Jose.  This Dirona award winning restaurant is centrally located off highway 280, a short drive from, downtown, Silicon Valley or the San Jose airport.  Whether for lunch or dinner Le Papillon offers distinctive and unique dishes, beautifully presented, in a sophisticated and relaxed environment.  
Chef Scott Cooper’s extensive menu showcases a variety of unique specialties as well as updated versions of classics.  Sautéed John Dory with a shellfish vinaigrette, pan seared Ahi Tuna topped with Foie Gras in Black Currant Glaze, and Noisettes of Red Deer are a few of the highlights that keeps Le Papillon among the top rated in the zagat restaurant guide year in and year out.  To complete your dining experience, indulge in a sumptuous dessert such as Pear Charlotte or Soufflé Grand Marnier.  Exceptional service, elegant surroundings and world class cuisine has made Le Papillon the premiere Silicon Valley French restaurant

A training ground for some of the most gifted chefs in North America, Le Papillon has evolved since 1977 to become a landmark in the gastronomical world.
The current executive chef, Scott Cooper join the establishment in 1992 and has proved himself to be a master of culinary innovation. Using the freshest of ingredients concoct with bold creativity, Chef Cooper has made Le Papillon the major trend-setting influence in Californian cuisine.
Under the guidance of owner Mike Mashayekh, the restaurant has gone through many metamorphoses, both in its menu and its décor and appearance. Mr. Mashayekh's desire for Le Papillon "to provide the most memorable dining experience possible" is the reason why it is a model of dining in consistent excellence.
Le Papillon is definitely one of the finest restaurants in the Bay Area.

TopRestaurants.com



With accolades such as "flawless" and "unforgettable" describing this "creative and modern" "standard for fine French in the South Bay", it should come as no surprise that San Jose gourmets "go here to impress"; chef Scott Cooper's food is "exceptional", "the tasting menu is a tour de force", service is "unparalleled" ("low-key yet prompt") and the wine cellar is "excellent", causing converts to sigh "I just wish I lived closer."

This "superlative" San Jose "butterfly" is "cocooned in a uninspiring nest of streets", but it emerges on the strength of chef Scott Cooper's "original" and "sublime" New French tasting menus, an "excellent wine cellar".
Zagat Survey

 

Chef Scott Cooper

Dinner Menu



A P P E T I Z E R
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Pan Seared Foie Gras with Thyme-Roasted Apricots and Lavender Reduction
$19.00

Dungeness Crab Soufflé with Lemon, Saffron and Caviar $16.00

Tortellini with Asparagus, Morels and Madeira Cream $14.00 *

Tian of Maine Lobster with Mango, Avocado, Miso Vinaigrette and Mache $15.00

Ahi Tuna Sashimi with Grated Daikon and Soy Wasabi Sauce $16.00

Pan Seared Maine Diver Scallops with Hazelnut Polenta Cakes and Preserved Lemon $16.00

Ragout of Burgundy Snails with Roasted Garlic, Semolina Dumplings
And an Anise Seed Tuile $15.00

Beluga Caviar Served in the Traditional Fashion $75.00


S O U P & S A L A D
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Soup of the Day $8.00

Sugar Snap Pea Soup with Roasted Button Shiitake Mushrooms $10.00

Lobster Bisque with a Sweet Corn Timbale $12.00

Baby Lettuce Salad, Pears, Toasted Pecans, Feta Cheese
and Chambord Vinaigrette $9.00 *

Salad of Spice Seared Duck, Belgian Endive, Tart Apple, Watercress
And Toasted Hazelnuts $10.00

Grilled Quail Salad on a Green Lentil Pancake with Smoked Bacon Vinaigrette $10.00

Assorted Green Salad with Sherry Vinaigrette and Danish Blue Cheese $7.00 *

* Vegetarian items
Please, no use of cellular phones in the dining room. Corkage fee is $20.00 per bottle.
California sales tax will be added to all items. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone
We are not responsible for lost or stolen articles. No personal checks accepted.

M A I N C O U R S E
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Pepper Seared Filet of Beef with Brandy Demi-Glace $30.00

Slow Roasted King Salmon with Lemon Thyme, Grilled Asparagus
and a Morel Mushroom-Potato Ragout $28.00

Noisettes of Red Deer with Cabernet-Truffle Reduction, and a Parsnip Tart $32.00

Spice Seared Pork Tenderloin with a Yam Timbale and Red Onion Marmalade $26.00

Grain Mustard Crusted Rabbit with Golden Chanterelles and Tarragon Jus $26.00

Pan Roasted Veal Loin Topped with Cognac Braised Sweetbreads and Morels $ 31.00

Braised Breast of Duck with Gingered Orange Glaze and Wild Rice Crépe $29.00

Open Ravioli of Wild Mushrooms with Roasted Beets and Brie $25.00 *

Roasted Pheasant Breast with Cognac Jus and Porcini Mushrooms $29.00

Black Currant Glazed Rack of Lamb with Tarragon Jus $34.00

Herb Crusted Halibut on Saffron Basmati Rice with Dill
and Cherry Tomatoes $28.00


T A S T I N G M E N U
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Gazpacho with a Shellfish Timbale and Caviar
&
Fresh Maryland Soft Shell Crab on a Dungeness Brandade with Browned Butter Vinaigrette
And Caper-Preserved Lemon Relish
&
Pan Seared Tuna Topped with Foie Gras with Pinot Noir and Black Corinth Grape Glaze
&
Noisettes of Lamb Loin ”Persillade” with a Flageolet Gratin
&
Poached Apricot Bavarian Cream with Fresh Apricots and Kernel Syrup


Prix Fixe $65.00 Per Person

Appropriate wines to complement each course available at $40.00 per person