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Left Bank Restaurant Review: Renowned for his wonderful French restaurant in San Francisco, La Folie, Roland Passot and team are opening Left Banks all over the place, and that’s a good thing---the brasserie offers topnotch French country food created with local farmers’ market ingredients. The menu changes with the seasons and features classics like onion soup des Halles with Emmental cheese crusted atop a rich broth; mussels steamed in white wine and shallots; a classic salad niçoise topped with rare ahi; free-range chicken coq au vin; and a delightful whole chicken for two roasted with vegetables. The lunch menu offers a rich and satisfying croquet monsieur with Parisien ham and Emmental (add a sunnyside-up egg if you prefer a croquet madame) as well as leg of lamb sandwich with roasted peppers and optional olive tapenade. Of course, the crispy pommes frites are a must, as is the Valrhona chocolate fondue pour deux. Service is friendly and professional and the first-rate wine list is a veritable tour de France.