private dining experience
UNDERGROUND
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UNDERSTANDING THE COURSES

Le Menu à Prix Fixe

While still somewhat of a novelty in America, a Prix Fixe, commonly pronounced ‘prefix’, menu is very common in Europe; it is collection of pre-determined items presented as a multi course meal at a set price.

The Prix Fixe menu at Underground is truly a culinary experience.  Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a traditional apéritif before embarking on a 7 course evening of tasting and indulgence…a roadmap to the ultimate culinary experience – but remember, the chef retains control of what the kitchen serves! 


L’Apéritif

Upon arrival, guests will enjoy a light alcoholic drink to start the evening.  In France, the apéritif is a warm and friendly gesture, indicating the hosts' pleasure at having guests over for dinner; it is also a way for everyone to become relaxed and better acquainted. 


L’Entrée

Contrary to popular belief, entrée refers to appetizers, not the main course in a French dinner. While it is the second course, the entrée is the start of the dinner that is presented to guests. Experience how flavors build upon one another to heighten your senses and tasting experience.


Le Plat Principal

The third course includes a wide variation of cooking styles according to the different regions in France.  At Underground, we’ve expanded beyond France to infuse the flavors of Europe and America – we call this New American, Pan-European cuisine. The main course will typically include either meat or fish and is served with a variety of side dishes.

Bread and wine are served throughout the meal. 


Le Fromage

There are more than 400 types of cheese in France, so it should not come as a surprise that cheese, in itself, can be a course in a typical French dinner.  In this course, a cheese plate is prepared which may be a single preparation or a combination of cheeses with varying texture and flavor. The cheese preparation is usually accompanied by fruits, nuts, and baguette on the side, along with more wine, of course. 


Le Dessert

Dessert is sweet to the taste and can be either hot or cold. Since it is served towards the end of dinner, dessert is commonly light and small to prevent guests from feeling too full. 


Le Café

Just like the apéritif, coffee is served as a gesture of gratitude and pleasure at having guests over for dinner.  Each guest is served coffee in a small cup which is typically accompanied by a chocolate truffle to enhance the aroma and taste of the coffee. 

An alternative such as tea will be prepared for guests who do not drink coffee.

Le Digestif

The digestif signals the end of a French dinner. Believed to aid digestion, guests will be offered small doses of strong alcoholic beverages such as cognac, brandy or whisky.