It was drizzly this morning as Birthday Girl and I headed up to Sarlat for some last-minute shopping, which included the essential items of white wine and a lovely silver bracelet. Then it was back to Daglan for our lunch at Le Petit Paris.
I am happy to report that we are now greeted by Madame with bisous (one kiss per cheek), and that the restaurant was completely filled by 1 p.m. For greater involvement, I now switch to the present tense.
We begin with a type of champagne cocktail that neither of us has tasted before. It’s nothing more than champagne with a touch of orgeat, an almond syrup that is (apparently) an essential for a mai tai (who knew?). Delicious, and Birthday Girl says it tastes somehow Caribbean, which is never a bad thing.
Then we move on to the entrée, which is one of les idées du moment, or the chef’s ideas of the day. It’s a rich lobster bisque, in which floats a canneloni pasta tube that’s stuffed with a delicious shrimp filling, like this:
To accompany our main course, we order a bottle of chablis (since the restaurant is — shock, horror — out of Sancerre), and then proceed with another l’idée du moment item for Birthday Girl and a menu regular for me.
Birthday Girl’s choice is Dorade Royale, which is Mediterranean sea bream.
As for me, I have the lamb sweetbreads, which have been cooked in an Armgagnac-based sauce, and are served with the house gnocchi.
Just to round things out a bit, Birthday Girl has the warm fresh strawberries with an incredibly rich strawberry ice cream, while I have the coconut and pineapple flavoured dessert of risotto sucré, or sweetened cold risotto. Oh yes, and then a glass of poire eau de vie for Birthday Girl and vielle prune for me. And a couple of cafés. And a couple of small squares of brownies, which are always served with the café.
Hey — it’s just what you have to do here!