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Incredible wine dinner at La Provence

March 27 2008 at 5:39 PM
Barbara  (Login bdavid4)

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Schatze, must have missed the post about your mother being unwell - glad she is doing better.

We went last night to the first of a monthly series of wine dinners at La Provence.  This may have been one of the best meals of my life.

We started with three baked oysters, with a garlicky bread crumb topping and a smoky glazy sauce underneath, served on the shells.  Second app that appeared was a lump crab timbale (beautiful crab in a light delicate mouse, in the shape of a shot glass) sitting on lobster nantua.  It was incredibly good, and I thought it had to go downhill from there.  But no!  Next course was wild boar smoked ham (essentially kind of intense prosciutto), topped with a couple of fingerling potatoes and fennel - the flavour blend was astonishing.  The two wines with the first courses were whites, so I was not too interested.

Then:  a salad of arugula topped with shavings of foie gras, port wine vinaigrette on the arugula and a dollop of satsuma compote on the side.  The combination of the rich foie gras with the bitter satsuma was breathtaking.  With this course, finally a red - a nice but not overwhelming Domaine Terres du Solence Rouge Cuvee.

And then:  navarin of lamb (rich, dark, gravy, lamb chunks intense flavour), served with garlic truffle frites (oh my God, amazing) and an asparagus flan.  The wine with this was outstanding - a Zavier Vignon Rouge Gigondas 2000 - I must try to find some.

Last course, a roasted pear, sliced and fanned on the plate and accompanied by almond creme fraiche and lemon grass coulis.  Dessert wine was a Muscat - pretty good, actually, but these are not my favourites.

Next month's will feature champagnes.  We intend to hit every one of these dinners.  It was $70/person - tax, tip and wines included - a bargain for a meal of this quality.  Wow.  

We could make up a forum table for one of them if anyone is interested.

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  1. Sounds wonderful Barbara - Mrs. Fury on Mar 27, 2008, 6:38 PM
  3. OK so where are the Pictures? - Arthur Hebert on Mar 27, 2008, 8:31 PM
  5. Oooh, Gigondas - PaulaRat on Mar 28, 2008, 6:17 AM
    1. they were perfect - Barbara on Mar 28, 2008, 8:04 AM
  6. if you have a spare room... - jag on Mar 28, 2008, 9:35 PM
    1. Here's the website - Barbara on Mar 29, 2008, 1:02 PM
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