Over the years that I’ve been posting this blog, I’ve written countless times about various fine-dining experiences, often at restaurants in France (and elsewhere) with one, two or even three Michelin stars.
So just in case you’ve been wondering — no, all our meals are not at starred restaurants, or even at less glamorous but still fine-dining places. In fact most of our lunches (lunch is the main meal of our day, as opposed to dinner) are at home, featuring food made by either my wife Jan or me.
And when we do go out for lunch, as we did yesterday, it’s often to a restaurant that’s definitely not a fine-dining place — such as the Thai restaurant Sawadee, in Cénac, or the Basque restaurant Le Tournepique, in Castelnaud. Yesterday’s choice was in fact Le Tournepique, and as always, it did not disappoint.
To the surprise of no one (including the hostess, our waitress, and me), Jan had the moules frites, because she always finds the mussels sweet and delicious, and nicely cooked; as for the fries, they are soft on the inside but golden and crispy on the outside, and amazingly hot.
As for me, my choice for plat principal was the Basque omelette, as it often is. It’s perfectly cooked, and I love the rich Basque sauce inside the folded egg mixture — with tomatoes, onions and peppers. It came on a plate that (in my view) had much too much green salad on it; I nibbled at the salad, but devoured the omelette. And then, just before coffee, I enjoyed the Basque cake. Here’s my main course:
At this point, I will confess that we are going out again on Friday, to a fine-dining restaurant. With one Michelin star. When you’ve got a good thing going, keep it going.