It was October 31. Provence was having a cool spell with rain. The Trout and I were looking for a wonderful place for lunch. We came upon the village of Flayosc. A few restaurants were open, but we liked what we saw through the window and the menu which was posted outside this little restaurant. We closed our umbrellas and entered a very charming room.
We were immediately greeted by the host of Restaurant "La Salle à Manger," Ronald Abbink. In perfect English, he welcomed us and seated us by the window. Robert and his wife, the chef, Liesbeth, came from Holland and today was the 11th anniversary of opening this restaurant.
We were served amuse buche which was a warm strip of beef wrapped around a sage leave. Outstanding. Eaten so quickly, no photo.
Ordering was difficult because we wanted it all. But, I have to say, the first course was the most outstanding we have ever experience.
What you see above is an absolutely delicious mushroom soup. First he brought out a hot bowl with hot sauteed mushrooms, a slice of foie gras and a spoonful of marscapone cheese. Then the magic. He brought out a clear glass teapot with boiling hot beef broth which he poured over the bowl contents. Absolutely delicious! As the foie gras and marscapone melted, it added a delicious "fat" to the soup. This, by far, has been one of the most outstanding presentations ever.
In the foreground you see The Trout's duck breast with confit in a red wine, grape and fig sauce. This was accompanied with potatoes baked with a cheese, perhaps like Comte. Absolutely delicious!
My main course was monk fish on a bed of lentils with a mushroom cream sauce. Absolutely delicious! Love French lentils and brought some home with me on this trip.
Now you are thinking, how could these people possibly eat dessert. Well, when in France, it is really possible.
The Trout had a beautiful slate plate of different cheese from France. Quite often you will have a choice; cheese or dessert. Well, if you know me at all, it has to be dessert!
Oh yes, a most perfect poached pear partially wrapped in baked pastry along with a dipper of pear sorbet. Absolutely delicious, but I think I have said this once or twice before on this post.
We enjoyed a glass of red wine each with this meal as we had miles to go before we got back "home." This was such a outstanding meal with the most wonderful and friendly people who own this restaurant. Since the day was rainy and we were the only guests this day, even the chef came out of the kitchen to welcome us and we were able to thank her personally for a perfect meal.
Quite honestly, this is the main reason we love France so much. The food and the wonderful people we meet. This will forever remain as a most memorable meal. I do hope, in your travels to France, you will look for the village of Flayosc in Provence and Restaurant "La Salle à Manger" at 9 Place de la République.