This restaurant executes its concept to perfection. Fabulous organic/sustainable/biodynamic food and wines locally sourced, cooked properly. Maybe this concept isn't for everyone, but Blue Hill and Jean Geoge's ABC Kitchen are trying it in New York to rave reviews and this place blows them out of the water. Over the past 10 days in France I have driven all over the country eating at the best Trip Advisor recommends. Most of those meals were fantastic, but this is best.
This place is so good that I believe it deserves a full run down.
1. My starter was a "chicken wing salad" two chicken wings that tasted like well chicken and then a fabulous assortment of local produce. Maybe you want your chicken wings doused in hot sauce, or deep fried beyond recognition, paired with a bit of water logged celery, but if you want fresh and flavorful this is for you.
2. For the main I had the duck. Which you know tasted like duck. It might not have been as tender or fatty as you are used to, but that is probably because this duck was actually allowed to fly and walk around, rather than bred so it can't fly and then held in a cage its entire life. Once again the duck was paired with a fabulous assortment of local produce. Particular highlights included red and yellow peppers, figs, and some edible flowers.
3. For "dessert" I went with the cheese course which was 4 cheeses all from the surrounding 20KMs! Of course it was great.
For wine I had a Pinot Gris which was biodynamically produced by friends of his. Bright and flavorful and then a pinot noir that was also very good. All wines were reasonably priced and available in all sizes (bottle/carafe/glass).
On top of that throw in a lovely outdoor patio, reasonable prices, and a gracious (English speaking) host/owner who is proud of his food and happy to tell you about it.
Once again a great meal. Maybe everyone isn't into this approach to food, especially in this country and this region in particular, but that doesn't make l'Arpege any less special or delicious.
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