This certainly tops the list as the greatest French meal...the chaperone crew (Patricia, Nick, Michael, and I) had reservations for four in the afternoon in Juillac, a small town in the Bordeaux region, a few hours from Toulouse. We arrived in our swag citroen, dressed for a cloth-napkin dinner that would last four and a half hours...C'etait increiable.
La Belvedere sits high in the hills overlooking the vineyards of Bordeaux, a restaurant Michael had been to 12 years ago with his professor and wanted to return to this quaint establishment owned by a husband and wife in their near seventies.
The menu for the afternoon...
Aperitif-a black currant liquer served with tiny salmon and herb bread slices to get the party started.
Entree-smoked Salmon on a lettuce bed with marinaded vegetables
Fish course-an entire boiled lobster served with a rich creamy champagne sauce
Entree and fish pairing-Chardonnay from Cheblie
Palate cleanse-pear sorbet served with a pear liquer
Main course-steak with black truffle sauce and roasted vegetables
Main course wine pairing-St Emilion (Boardeaux)
Cheese dish-a regional nutty cheese and a triple creme cheese
Dessert-profiteroles drenched in rich chocolate sauce and an espresso.
Best French meal...ever.
Feeling stuffed and loved,