Exactly nine years ago to the day, I posted a piece in this blog about a lunch that my wife Jan and I enjoyed on Valentine’s Day. Here’s my introduction, from February 14, 2011 (and can you believe I’ve been writing this blog for that long?):
We had lunch today (for la St Valentin, or Valentine’s Day) at Le Petit Paris, the excellent restaurant in the centre of Daglan, and mere steps from our house. As I wrote in “Survivors!” just two days ago, the restaurant had been closed for its annual break since last November 14. With that, here’s a visual tour of our meal.
And then I went on to give readers exactly that, with photos of each dish. Which is exactly what I’m going to do now, describing the lunch that Jan and I enjoyed today with friends John and Babs.
To start, here’s today’s special truffle-oriented menu, cutely decorated with little hearts:
The special menu for today had a set price of 55 euros — not cheap, but not exorbitant either. One extra (at 9 euros) was the special cocktail, consisting of Champagne with creme de framboise (raspberry liqueur) and vodka, so we all had to have one of those. With the cocktail came a cute little bowl of lentil salad and a fried quail’s egg. Here’s my place setting:
Then came a sort of “egg roll” with foie gras in the middle, served with (among other things) a “caviar” of eggplant. Here’s my dish:
Next came an Oriental-styled dish of “wonton” with fresh scallops in the centre, and served with shavings of black (winter) truffles from our region, the Périgord. Here’s my bowl of the goodies:
For our main course, we had fish — in this case, roast monkfish served with (of course) shavings of black truffle as well as salsify and Jerusalem artichoke. Here’s my dish:
Now we are reaching the end of the meal. In true French style, the cheese comes before the dessert, but Jan was feeling quite full and decided to decline the cheese course. The other three of us took the plunge, and received lovely plates with small chunks of cabicou (a local, soft goat’s cheese) served with minced local walnuts and local black truffle. Here’s my plate:
And then came dessert, an ice cream served with a sauce of passion fruit and mango, with little puffs of meringue on top. Here’s my serving:
The total cost for our lunch — including two bottles of a very pleasant Sancerre and coffees all around — was about 160 euros per couple. We all felt we had good value, and more importantly, a good time with good friends over good food.
And so to all of you out there in Radio Free Daglan land, best wishes for a Happy Valentine’s Day!