Sit and stay awhile

Looking through my recent posts, I realised that I had neglected the food side of things a little – the restaurant food side of things that is!!  So here is a little round up of restaurants.

As spring seems to be on the way, many restaurants are getting their tables and chairs out, in preparation for sunny days and warmer weather.  The last few days have been glorious, and one could very easily have eaten lunch outside, without wearing layers and layers of clothes.

So without further ado, here is a rather summery meal from Restaurant Les Platanes in Poilhes, very close to the Canal du Midi.

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The starters tasted every bit as good as they look in the pictures!!  There was half a roasted pepper, served with anchovies and rocket leaves; a goats cheese enveloped in mountain ham; and a little pot of brandade de morue, a rich puree made with salt cod.

And can you guess which main course I had??  I’ll give you a little hint:  round and lemon.

When it was time for dessert, the light was fading and my camera did not capture the colours all that well!!  The dessert pictured is a twist on Kir Royal – blackcurrant sorbet with sparkling wine!

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Another memorable meal was at Auberge Saint Martin in Beaufort, to celebrate a friend’s 70th birthday, one sunny Sunday!  Christophe and Mylene, the proprietors of the restaurant, always serve delicious food, and this meal lived up to our expectations!

The main courses were beautifully presented; the Lamb leg steak was cooked to perfection and the fish was done just so!

A big, log shaped coconut mousse was brought to our table, decorated with candles, which the birthday girl had to blow out!  Afterwards the chef divided the mousse into individual portions, which were beautifully decorated, and served to each diner.

And since all good things come in threes, here is one more restaurant – La Caleche in Saint Chinian!  The starters were yummy:  pan-fried Foie Gras on a puff pastry apple tart; Salade Gourmande with Foie Gras, gizzards and walnuts; gratinated mussels; and the most delicious wafer thin ham on country bread.

For  the main course there were scallops in a filo pastry basket, steak with three pepper seasoning, and duck breast with red wine sauce, all expertly cooked and presented.

We did have room for dessert, but only one each!! 🙂

Think about including one of these restaurants on the itinerary for your next visit, and if you don’t have any plans for a “next visit”, start making them! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Sit and stay awhile

  1. Nice to see la Caleche get a mention . I think we’re really lucky to have it in the village , even if they could do with another pair of serving hands . Will give the others a go when we get back over for spring . Bill

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