As part of our French culture class, Garry took us out for a three-course lunch at a neighborhood bistro. Most of us ordered une entrée (an appetizer), le plat principal (a main course), and le dessert (a dessert). A few of us, like myself, additionally opted for a glass of wine before the meal and a café at the end. My menu looked a little something like this:
- crème de rouget (red mullet bisque)
- poached cobia with white rice, zucchini ribbons, and saffron sauce
- fromage blanc aux framboises (plain, unsweetened yogurt with raspberry sauce)
Seth’s menu looked more like this:
- cold smoked herring with boiled potatoes and lightly pickled carrots
- lamb with a polenta cake and tomatoes
- chocolate mousse
Other appetizer choices included chicken liver, egg salad, carrot salad, and lentil and ham salad. The only other main course option was a goat cheese tart served with a side salad. Lastly, other dessert choices included crème caramel (a flan-type dish), fromage de chèvre (goat cheese with olive oil), and bread pudding.
Overall, the meal was absolutely delicious and completely reasonable in price. 18.50 for three large courses, plus a glass of wine and a coffee? Yes, please!
[photo courtesy of my studiomate Ethan]