Two dishes of the day (and it’s nearly a tie)

I’ve raved often about the restaurant O Moulin (by actual count, I’ve published seven reviews since my first posting on February 12, 2019). But never one to let a good thing go, I’m at it again. That’s because we lunched there yesterday with friends Roy and Helen, and had a wonderful meal — with two stand-out dishes for me.

To refresh you, O Moulin is on the lower level of the village of Carsac, which is about 30 minutes from Daglan. It recently re-opened as France’s lock-down has eased, but because the weather was decent, we ate outside on the terrace — well separated from other tables.

Three of the four of us decided to order just two courses, instead of the usual three, simply to avoid feeling too full afterwards. Of course, in a fine-dining restaurant like O Moulin, you receive complimentary extras — so we each had two tasty amuse-bouches, to enjoy with our kir, and then a small bowl of delicious and refreshing melon soup, served chilled.

For my lunch, I decided to order from the à la carte menu, even though that winds up being more expensive than ordering two courses from a fixed menu (as, for example, my wife Jan did). My two choices were a salad, at 15 euros, and a beef dish, at 35 euros. And the winner?

Now I’m not normally a “salad person,” but the composed salad I ordered as my entrée was absolutely delicious, and it actually edged out the plat principal as my top dish of the day.

In French, the salad is described on the menu as “Les tomates Bio de Céline CHOQUEL, espuma de burrata et jambon sec Sérrano 24 mois.”  In English, that’s a salad of organic tomatoes with a foam or mousse of burrata cheese, and sprinkled with bits of Serrano ham, aged 24 months. Here’s my beautiful plate:

This was as close to perfect as I could imagine.

Everything about the salad seemed perfect — the mix of tomatoes, and their incredibly fresh and ripe taste; the ham; the dressing; and of course the two light balls of burrata mousse, each with bits of tomato inside. The dressing was so good that Jan wiped up some of it from my plate, using a piece of her gluten-free bread. I did the same. Simply “wow.”

My main course was also both clever and delicious. On the menu, it’s described as “Bœuf carotte et vieille mimolette. Le filet rôti et la joue braisé au vin rouge.” So there were two pieces of roasted filet (medium rare), and a roll of slow-cooked and shredded beef cheek, with carrots and a sauce of old mimolette cheese. Quite wonderful.

Beef two ways, with a rich sauce and carrots.

Normally I’m a dessert person, but I have been trying (with some success) to lose weight, so I skipped the dessert this time around. Still, we were served these mignardises, to enjoy with our coffees, and I was happy enough:

Just right with our coffees.

All in all, it was another excellent outing to one of the best restaurants in the area. The only slight damper on our enjoyment of the afternoon (and it was no fault of the restaurant) was a nearby table of six French people who were — uncharacteristically — quite loud.

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2 Responses to Two dishes of the day (and it’s nearly a tie)

  1. Jill and Sam Hershfield says:

    I have often wondered about beef tongue. Never enough to order or try to cook myself. Have you ever cooked beef tongue?

    Also, I assume you had wine also with your meal.


    • loren24250 says:

      I think I’ve only had cooked tongue, sliced very thin, in a sandwich. Not something we’ve cooked. And yes, we had kirs to begin (with cassis for Jan and me, with mur for Roy and Helen) and then two bottles of red — the restaurant’s last bottle of Croze Hermitage, and then a Moulin au Vent.

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