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Sac Bee's Blair Anthony Robertson paid a visit to former La Bonne Soupe Cafe chef Daniel Pont's new seated restaurant in Folsom, and the review was mixed.

At the outset, the four of us, all adults, were not allowed to select the same soup. Two of us got the vegetable soup, which was excellent, and two of us got the onion soup, which was ordinary.

The salad was plain and simple, uninspired, a little tired and not so tasty. The four of us nodded in agreement as we picked through the greenery: disheartening.

The food straddles the line between bistro fare and fine dining, but the courses are not elevated enough or original enough to work as a prix fixe experience.

Read the entire review in the Sac Bee.

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