Orsay is in Jacksonville, Florida and in Historic Avondale. Which is one of the urban neighborhoods that is quaint, has charming shops, with trendy bars and restaurants.
You can walk to many of the local businesses that are on the cusp of million dollar homes on the river and more affordable, renovated historic homes on the other side of the village.
I had the opportunity to go to Orsay after a long ride from North Carolina to Florida. I was going to visit my nephew, and he thought I would enjoy going to Happy Hour at Orsay, which was just around the corner; he was correct!
Orsay is known for its French cuisine like Steak Tartare, Pate, Foie Gras, Roasted Duck, Steak Frites and other traditional French food.
Orsay is open 5 pm to 10 pm nightly, and cocktails are from 4 pm to 7 pm during the week. On Saturday, cocktail hours are from 11 am to 7 pm, weekend brunch is from 11 am to 3:30 pm, or you can enjoy a night cap from 10 pm to 12 am every Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
At Orsay you can sit inside or out. We chose to sit outside that summer night.
We decided to order a few dishes and share them, as I do often. There were so many dishes we wanted to order, like the Escargot or the Lobster Mac n Cheese or Pate.
We did order the Black Truffle Mac n’ Cheese, which was spectacular, and the Steak Tartare, served with red onion, capers and mustard oil. I haven’t had such a delicious Steak Tartare since the French Quarter in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida just off Las Olas Blvd.
I use to love raw oysters, but unfortunately my palate doesn’t prefer them any longer; however, I still do desire baked oysters. My nephew and his girlfriend had the raw oysters Gulf Coast, East Coast, West Coast and I had the roasted oysters with bacon, spinach and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
I ordered a cocktail called The French Mistake, which you can have on the rocks or straight up; I preferred it over ice. It contained Bulleit rye whiskey, house infused apple brandy, Carpano Antica Italian vermouth, Regan’s orange bitters, Fee’s old fashioned bitters
It was a perfect evening out with my nephew and his girlfriend on a beautiful Florida night!
Let me know if you have been to Restaurant Orsay or not. If not, when you are in Jacksonville I’d add it on your “Live List” and be sure to stop by for a meal.