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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Lunch @ Les Boucheries Parisiennes

On a cold and rainy Sunday, we've sought comfort in the company of some good French food.

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As we are close to the kitchen, Paalo captures a candid shot of our meals

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For starters:

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I've chosen the scallops with mushroom risotto - a dish that we both loved on our previous visit.

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Seriously good scallops, barely cooked to retain their tenderness, sweet and succulent they would be perfect just by themselves. However they have a wonderful companion in the form of a creamy mushroom risotto.

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Paalo opts for the Crispy skinned pork belly served with a quince and sultana chutney and an Apple reduction


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With our meals we are thoroughly enjoying this bottle of 2005 Alto Moncayo Veraton Grenache.


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A little treat from the kitchen is next - a sampling of their duck liver parfait with a fig and sultana chutney. An incredibly light texture combines with that distinctive flavour of duck liver. The hint of smoky cinnamon in the chutney and the sweetness of the figs helps round out the flavours.

For the mains:

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we order the Beef Rib Eye for Two (the photo shows one plate) and it is served with slow roasted cherry tomatoes and shallots. A choice of sauces are available, red wine or béarnaise - we both went for the béarnaise

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With a choice of pommes frites or Truffle Mashed Potatoes - the mashed potatoes easily won that battle.

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We also ordered a side of greens beans served with almond butter.

An excellent piece of beef - tender, juicy, flavoursome and cooked beautifully rare.

With the rain still coming down we extend our stay with dessert

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I have the French Apple Tart - a thin circle of buttery pastry is topped with equally thin slices of apple. Baked until golden it is served with vanilla ice cream and dried apple slices.

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Paalo enjoys the blackberry, rhubarb and apple crumble topped with a hazelnut crust and served with vanilla mascarpone. Baked in its staub pot it arrives hot from the oven.

A highly satisfying way to spend Sunday - good food, good wine and good conversation.


The details:
Les Boucheries Parisiennes
268 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Phone: (03) 8256 1636

Open:
Lunch - Tuesday to Sunday: 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner - Tuesday to Saturday: 6pm to late

Web:
www.lesboucheries.com.au

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