Suppose you were planning a trip to the Greater Daglan Area of southwest France, thought it might be interesting to see why Michelin-starred restaurants are so fussed over, but were concerned about pushing your budget into the stratosphere.
I think I’ve found a solution for you.
We had been planning to have lunch with friends Suzanne and Mark, and so I visited the website of one-starred Le Grand Bleu in Sarlat, less than half an hour from our home base in Daglan. (I’ve reviewed Le Grand Bleu many times in Radio Free Daglan; see for yourself.)
In any case, there I learned that the restaurant was now offering a “bistronomic” menu for lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. So I made the reservation for Thursday, and off we went.
And exactly what is the deal with the bistronomic menu? Well, this is how the website puts it:
(une entrée – un plat – un dessert, un verre de vin et un café)
That is, an entrée (appetizer), a main course, a dessert, a glass of wine and a coffee, for just 25 euros. And what we discovered is that you actually receive much more — all of it prepared and served to a high standard.
We began with plates of amuse-bouches, like the selection below, which included tiny cherry tomatoes encased in a sweet and crunchy shell:
Then came the entrée, a slice of terrine made by the chef (Maxime Lebrun), and served with a creamy sauce and two quenelle-shaped servings of tapenade, the usual black-olive-based version, and one made with finely minced cornichon pickles. All delicious, and looking good:
The plat, or main course, was a hefty serving of slow-cooked lamb, served with a variety of vegetables, like this:
The dessert on the bistro menu was a crunchy chocolate creation, served with a small quenelle of ice cream — coriander ice cream:
The food didn’t stop with dessert. To enjoy with our coffees, we were served a selection of delicious mignardises:
Along with all the food, the four of us had a total of three apéritifs, two bottles of water, and two bottles of Châteauneuf-de-Pape. Total bill? Just 98 euros per couple.
Just in case you’re wondering, the restaurant can be reached by calling (if you’re in France) 05-53-31-08-48.