The fearless four have returned for the second European Vacation with Raymond Capaldi. It's Bastille day and our destination is France!
Once again there is a 3 course set menu - options include a Soup and Side dishes as well as wine matches. We've once again opted for the whole experience.
Ignore the horrid colour shift in the photo, the soup was more brown in colour. Quite a different texture from what we'd expected due to the inclusion of lentils - as velvety as you'd expect but with more body. Seared rounds of langoustine adorned the center of the bowl.
To drink: 2007 Reverdy La Reine Blache Sancerre
What a clever dish - all the ingredients of cassoulet presented as a terrine. Even the cassoulet crust was represented by those garlic croutons and scattering of loose beans. You can't see it in the photo but I especially loved that beans were also in the terrine, located at the very top in the corner.
To drink: 2003 Parker Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon
According to the menu the braise took 14 hours, 19 minutes and 12 seconds, I also have a bridge in Sydney I'd like to sell.
However long it took, the end product is divine, fork tender, meltingly beautiful. Sweet carrots and a cloud-like mousseline.
To drink: 2005 Le Tertre du Lys d'Or
Chausson aux pommes translates to Apple Slipper, it's a type of apple turnover. Sorrel crème had a refreshing green apple taste.
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