|Chris enjoying our dinner|
We chose to book a table at Les Chevreuils, a restaurant we know well - it was where we held the reception after our wedding in 2009.
I should point out at this time that Les Chevreuils is not a cheap restaurant. Anyone who is just looking for a quick bite to eat or a nice steak would have better to try somewhere else (for meat I would recommend the Auberge d'Etagnières). Instead, this is closer to fine dining than to a simple restaurant meal.
We had not been back there since our wedding, and walking into the restaurant brought back memories of what was a very special evening for us. As we sat down at our table, we couldn't help but notice that the room had not changed at all - the decoration was pretty much as it was when we were last there, which helped us to reminisce about our wedding day.
The waiter asked us if we would like an appetizer to start our evening, and before he had even finished his sentence Chris asked him whether they still had the wine that was served as a welcome drink to our guests during our reception. Fortunately, they did - the sparkling red wine, called Fragolino, was just as delicious as in 2009, and made a great start to our anniversary dinner.
|Well, it is amuse-ing...|
Chris wasn't quite as happy as I was with the amuse bouche, although she did managed to finish her glass. This little appetizer was improved by the accompaniment of a crusty, home-baked bread roll, which to me was as tasty as the amuse bouche itself.
The very helpful and attentive waiter also proposed to serve me a different glass of wine with the starter and the main course I chose. He made excellent choices - although I can't remember what the wines actually were (only that one was white and the other was red), they both went superbly well with the food on my plates.
|The foie gras - delicious|
|Vegetables and ice cream|
- a marriage made in heaven?
|Beef, veg and potatoes|
|Scallops and sausages|
(there were two shells,
only one shown in the pic)
This time was different, however, as Chris really enjoyed it. She must have been relieved after not being seduced by the amuse bouche and the disappointment of her vegetables and ice cream, and she happily finished her plate.
|Cracking cheese Gromit!|
...or not, as the case may be
|Technically this was|
our 5th course!
Having filled our bellies and settled our bill, we headed back home for bed, but not before chatting to the lady on reception who had recognised us from our wedding (she even remembered the date).
Overall conclusion: a thoroughly enjoyable meal in a very nice restaurant. Would definitely go back again, although we might have to save up for a while.
Just for fun, here are the marks we gave to each item:
Food: Cauliflower purée with mushrooms and green pesto coulis
Scores: Paul - 7 / 10 Chris - 6 / 10
Food: Paul - Escalope de foie gras poêlée, pomme dorée au sirop d’érable, éclats d’amandes caramélisées, coulis de poires
Score: 10 / 10
Food: Chris - Sabayon de légumes au galanga, glace au céleri-pomme
Score: 6 / 10
Food: Paul - Tournedos de bœuf de nos alpages, rosace de pommes de terre, bouquet de légumes
Score: 8 / 10
Food: Chris - Papet de saint-jacques et saucisson vaudois, mousse à la champenoise
Score: 8 / 10
Food: Paul - Assortiments de fromages frais et affinés
Score: 3 / 10
Food: Chris - Moelleux au chocolat pur Caraïbe, glace aux noix de pécan caramélisées, coulis de caramel au beurre salé
Score: 8 / 10
OVERAL MEAL SCORES:
Paul - 28 / 40
Chris - 28 / 40
Interesting that our overall scores come out as the same number - also interesting that we are both 28 years old, the age we will be when we have our first child. Is it fate? Destiny? Or am I just crap at maths? I'll let you be the judge of that.