Attended Baguette's "Spring in Provence" evening last week. This was a set menu specialty evening. Being Spring I expected the menu to be full of light tender Spring delicacies, however the menu was more designed to be hearty, Winter comfort food. The evening started with Goats cheese beignet a la Nicoise canapes ... now a beignet should be light portions of choux pastry ... however these "klangers" were as heavy as golf balls. In all honesty, I thought I was eating an arancini (deep fried rice ball) rather than a beignet! After being seated our first course which was a foie gras mousse salad was reasonable. Next was a Monkfish & mussels bourride with confit fennel ‘chips’ - not a bad dish however too many potatoes in the bourride filled us up. The disappointment for the evening was the main course - Slow cooked leg of spring lamb, stuffed with baby vegs. Definitely not cooked slow enough as it was not 'pull apart' quality. The baby vegs consisted of oven baked stuffed bell peppers and baby aubergine. Too stodgy. And during the whole meal - NO GREENS at all. Better menu planning would have incorporated some light healthy typical spring greens such as asparagus, green beans, spinach or broccolini lift the stodgyness of the meal. Add to this some pretty unimpressive wines to match each course. I dined with a party of 10 pax, one of whom was a chef who had been French cuisine trained. In summary - our whole party left unimpressed.
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