I cannot fault the cooking. Each component of the dishes was perfectly cooked, and delicious. However, dishes in the menu were all very rich and coupled with rather the generous portions, it ruined the meal for me overall.
My husband had duck and hazelnut pate to start which was a tasty coarse pate. This came in a full size jam jar with some lovely fresh bread. I chose the lightest dish on the menu of sautéed frog legs served with a glass of tarragon cream. The frog legs were cooked perfectly, moist and sweet, and the tarragon cream helped breakdown the heaviness of the butter that the frog legs were sautéed in.
For main course, my husband ordered the entrecôte, medium rare. Gorgeously cooked, and perfectly red throughout. The only snag is, it came as a 6 inch log with a diameter of at least two inches! This huge piece of red meat was served with a ginormous portion of extremely creamy dauphinois potatoes and a carrot and cumin cake ( plenty of butter and cream in that too! ). My husband is notorious for mopping up leftovers, but even he couldn't finish his main course. The heavy starter didn't help.
I had the 6 hour slow cooked oxtail topped with pain fried foie gras. The oxtail was off the bone, and there must have been an entire oxtail in the dish! This was accompanied also by a deep baking dish of the extremely rich dauphinois potatoes, and the same creamy carrot and cumin cake, and a very rich red wine jus. Needless to say, I begrudgingly left over half of my meal behind, simply because I couldn't eat any more.
For dessert, we shared a Grand Marnier Soufflé. You may say, why order a dessert when you can even finish your meal. Well, the soufflé had to be ordered at the beginning of the meal, and we had no idea our starters and main courses were going to be so heavy. Anyway, the soufflé when it arrived was light, and we both shared a couple of token mouthfuls.
We knew the menu was rich when we booked, with plenty of foie gras, bone marrow, pigs trotters, oxtail, escargots etc. They all sounded delicious, and for the dishes we picked, they were indeed delicious. I just feel that the portion sizing, and the choice of accompaniments should have taken into account the richness of the main ingredients and be adjusted accordingly. It was a shame that despite the tasty delicious food we just had, we left the restaurant wishing we hadn't eaten any of it.
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