I wrote about the Trocadero in March when I enjoyed a pre-show dinner there. This time I met a friend for a leisurely dinner. I think it is unfortunate that the Trocadero, given its arts centre location, will always be a pre-theatre venue. However, this restaurant, with its delightful service, thoughful wine list and excellent food, is worth savouring. Last night we enjoyed leek and potato soup with a truffle cream, a magnificent duck sausage and lentils dish, a lovely veal cutlet and 12-hours cooked lamb. The vegetable accompaniments were imaginative - not just the usual steamed vegetables. These were faro with brussels sprout leaves and other things and pumpkin done as I've never seen before and quite beautiful. We shared a tarte tatin which was to die for - appropriate as it was 14 July, Bastille Day. This was beautifully blanced between sweet and astringent and on a well flavoured, crisp base with state of the art vanilla icecream. Wines were a French champagne and a quite luscious Cotes de Rhone red. As I wrote before, called a brasserie, this is closer to fine dining at a good price - AND it is opened all day with adjusted offerings for time of day. It also boasts a great view across the river to the city.
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