To quote my favorite traveling companion, it's been a long time since we had a meal where, start to finish, every bite was extraordinary. We began with a perfectly made martini, shaken till ice formed and garnished with blue cheese olives. Our appetizers were escargots, salade landais and the salmon trio. The escargots were very good and traditional in style -- a great preamble with their excellent bread. The salade landais, with duck slices, escarole, confit and a pate underneath, was extraordinary. The salmon trio, featuring fried capers, was rich and delicate.
Our entrees were the cassoulet, my go-to dish in winter, which was rich and maintained the individual flavors of its elements. More exciting were the monkfish, a surprisingly tasty concoction to one who normally shuns white fish. Equally special were the sweetbreads, which my companion described in terms that any fan of "When Harry Met Sally" will appreciate.
Desserts were also extraordinary, including a French toast (you'll never look at breakfast the same way), an apple tart with chestnut ice cream, and a molten chocolate cake. We didn't leave any.
We had an incident with the wine which really shows the quality of the restaurant. We ordered a bottle of Cahors, and on tasting it both of us felt it was flat and acidic. We asked the waitress to taste it, and she didn't share our view -- but without any question took it back. We then ordered a syrah which we loved. Any restaurant that will respect the customer's preference that well gets my respect.
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