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Deciphering the menu
"My husband took me out for dinner for my birthday and we had the tasting menu (7 course meal matched with wine). The serving staff explaining each dish to us turned out to be a good thing as I didn't really have a clue as to what was actually on the menu"
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The first course started with an 'Amuse Bouche'. What does 'Amuse Bouche' mean?
It's another name for a small, funny looking tree
It's a joke commonly played on a butcher
The next course was 'warm vichyssoise, pont l'evêque en croute, brussels sprouts and truffle'. Ok, I get that vichyssoise is potato & leek soup, that truffle is very expensive fungus, and brussel sprouts - well we all know what those are. But what the heck is 'pont l'evêque en croute'?
Cheese on a cracker
Bread and butter
As I don't eat seafood, both my husband and I had different entrees. He had the 'Kingfish, giant cous cous with bisque and crab, curry leaf scented yoghurt'. This was served with a Pinot Noir wine. Which of the following wines is the Pinot Noir grape NOT used in?
Rosé still wines
Vin gris white wines
I loved my entrée. It was absolutely stunning and I hated letting my husband share with me. I had the 'confit chicken croquette, pear relish, radish and frissé salad'. I had a bit of a chuckle when it was put in front of me. Why was I laughing at my 'chicken croquette'?
It was raw chicken
It was chicken moulded to the shape of a croquet mallet
It was a whole chicken
It was basically a chicken nugget (with some filler)
The main course was 'Braised lamb neck, barigoule, radicchio'. Lamb neck? Radicchio? Ok, I'll try those (with only a bit of trepidation). But I'm not sure about this barigoule. What is the main ingredient in barigoule?
Next course was our refresher: a sorbet. I always thought sorbet was kind of like icecream, but without the cream part. I wasn't too far off but one of the ingredients in this sorbet I had never heard of before: tonka bean. What the? After doing some research, I have found that this interesting bean can be quite lethal in large doses. Why is that?
It contains bacteria that can eat through stomach lining
It is similar to 'magic mushrooms'
Its seeds contain an anticoagulant
It contains a massively high concentration of alcohol
Next was the cheese dish. 'Gorgonzola, thyme crostini, dehydrated grapes'. Ok now, Gorgonzola is cheese. Dehydrated grapes are sultanas, right? Apparently not. Thyme is a herb, but what are crostini?
An olive-based dip
A thin piece of crispy toast
A small salad
A nut crumble
Lastly, we have dessert. Something I was looking forward to all night. 'Prune & Armagnac tart, honey fig icecream'. I was a bit put off by prune, as I have always known it as an 'old persons' food, but it was pretty good. The honey and fig icecream was nice too, especially considering that honey and fig aren't on my list of foods I generally eat. The one I was confused about though, was the Armagnac. What on earth is Armagnac?
A mixture of almond and yak milk
A French brandy
An egg and cheese mixture
Now, after all this amazing food we have just eaten, I have asked my husband to take me back to this restaurant so we can try some other things on the menu (I have even brought a menu home with me so I can decide in advance what I would like to try next). I think next time I will try the 'Braised duck "Quatre Epices", poached lettuce, quince, duck bolognaise'. Sounds like an interesting combination. One thing I am uncertain of is the 'Quatre Epices'. Does this mean that my duck will be cut into four pieces?
The dish that I know my husband will try next time is the 'Oxtail pithivier, cauliflower puree, orange and juniper juice'. It all sounds nice but can you tell me what 'oxtail pithivier' is?
Roasted and shredded oxtail
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Compiled Jun 28 12