Chef Cavaillon's birth place, the fertile Loire valley, is a vision of loveliness and peace, where kings, fleeing the rigors of Paris, built beautiful châteaux that have become part of the harmonious landscape. Somehow all this is reflected in the Chef's cuisine. I know the Mansion does not need another accolade but we had such a memorable dinner there last night that I feel the urge to express our delight!
At first we puzzled over the complex menu but then the only difficulty was to settle on a choice! I started with the succulent white asparagus with a Hollandaise as light as a cloud. Although it was not listed as such, the kitchen agreed to let me have the rabbit as a main course (a rare treat in this country!) served on grits with chopped black olives, it was perfect.
Seven of us had a great variety of main dishes. There was nothing but oohs and aahs of appreciation. All fell silent, however, when the desserts appeared, so amazing they were! My choice was a lovely plate offering nine seasonal varieties of homemade ice cream and sorbet. Out of this world! From the classic vanilla and coffee ice creams to the lemon grass and berry sorbets.
Two Veuves Clicquot for the four adults among us was, of course, the well deserved accompaniment for such fine food!
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