A little more than a week ago (Monday, May 21) we marked our 30th wedding anniversary (thank you, thank you very much) and I wrote about our celebratory lunch that kicked off the week. This was at the Michelin-starred Le Grand Bleu in Sarlat, and I described the lunch in my last posting, “Dish du jour — 20-05-2018.”
This past Sunday, we concluded our anniversary week with a meal of a different sort. It was a casual lunch of oysters, accompanied by a nice bottle of Chablis, at La Cantine, the restaurant of Fabrice (Le Chef) Lemonnier. La Cantine is located on Daglan’s main street, next to the Mairie.
Of particular note is that our lunch treat was an anniversary gift — a bottle of vino and two dozen oysters, arranged with Fabrice long-distance by a wonderful group of close friends in Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake, the old stomping grounds for my wife Jan and me.
So what do two dozen oysters look like? Well, pretty much like this:
More importantly, how did the oysters taste? Well, they were wonderful — deliciously fresh, full of the flavour of the sea. Oyster lovers may want to know that they were Charente-Maritime No. 3s, from a producer on the Ile d’Oléron. (Oléron, just off the Atlantic coast, is France’s second largest island, after Corsica. Just thought you’d want to know.)
Then, to finish off the meal, we shared a cheese plate (well, I had most of the cheeses) and then had coffees. Here’s the cheese selection:
We ate outside the restaurant, which would have been more pleasant if it hadn’t been raining. But then, we are having quite a rainy time of it these days. I can see my skin getting darker, but I’m pretty sure it’s not a tan — I think it’s rust.