France – Jour 10 – Part 2

Dinner at Restaurant Simon

Tonight’s dinner was at Restaurant Simon in Flagey-Echézeaux – a short ride in van from Chateau Andre Ziltener.  This small local operation was one of the best meals we’d had in France so far – so let me take you through it bite by bite!

Amuse Bouche

We started with a small amuse bouche of green tomato gazpacho which was beautifully refreshing, and had just the right amount of zing to get out tastebuds revving.

Bread

One thing that the French do really well – bread.  Crunchy on the outside, and tender and moist on the inside – we never went any meal without it!

Scallops and mushrooms en cocotte

This entrée was my absolute favourite of all entrées so far experienced – scallops and mushrooms served en cocotte with a gorgeously rich cream sauce!  Oooh la la – take me to heaven now.  The wonderful thing?  I got to eat two of them – because Andrew hates both scallops and mushrooms!  I used the crunchy bread roll to soak up all the creamy goodness!  Great dish – and so easy!

White fish, red wine jus

For main we enjoyed a firm white fish, with red wine jus, sitting atop a mound of mashed potatoes, and garnished with roasted cherry tomatoes and steamed snow peas.  Quite delicious.  You’ll be happy to know I gave some of my fish to Andrew to make up for the entrée he missed – what a woman!!

Cheese course

Now, no French meal is complete without cheese – and today was no different.  We were served a range of cheeses that included a soft blue, an epoisse, and I’m not sure what the third one was.  All were delicious.

Petit Fours

The petit fours came out – and were dazzling in their display – marshmallows, chocolate and almond mounds, cassis (blackcurrant) jellies.

Dessert

And dessert was seasonal grapes sitting in creamy, hot custard that had been bruléed on top. Really delicious!

Restaurant Simon is a lovely restaurant – and well worth checking out.  The food was executed superbly, and the flavour combinations were amazing.  We all enjoyed our meals and waddled out of there replete with happiness.

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