... Or so said an article in a newspaper I found when I was verifying where to eat in Montpellier (in fact the article implied that that was its new name, which I did consider a trifle unlikely!)
Fortunately, having gone to this restaurant several times in its previous incarnation you could have led me blindfolded from the Place de la Comédie de 12, rue A. Ollivier. So I thought I'd give it a shot.
Two courses for 25 € or three for €30. They'd prefer you to decide before you start whether you want dessert or not, but even if you decline at that point, you will be offered it later.
To start with I had the foie gras, on a bed of lychees, with a red fruit coulis. Apart from the three grains of sea salt on the underneath piece of foie gras this was delicious. I thought when I started eating it that maybe there were too many flavours stuck together (a bit of a theme with this restaurant) but by the time I'd finished it I was won over.
For the main course I had a magret de canard, with puree of (parsnip? something of the sort anyway) boiled pak choi, peas, a sliver of carrot, a sundried tomato, and breaded mushroom cylinders. Again I was dubious about the mixture, but the flavours offset each other nicely. Minor quibbles: I prefer to be asked the cuisson of my duck, and this was overdone for my tastes, and the breadcrumbs round the mushroom sticks gave me horrible reminders of school dinners. These are, however, as I said, minor quibbles.
Maybe more Masterchef winner than Michelin 1 star, but it's certainly given me ideas I won't hesitate to use in my own dishes. And I shall return next time I'm in Montpellier.
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