Retro French dishes

Simply french - menus du jour

This course is for those who remember (or want to learn about) the life-changing experiences in the 70’s, when most of us were introduced to French cuisine (and garlic!).  We are talking indiscriminately and un-apologetically RETRO – the kind of daily-changing MENUS DU JOUR dishes that were served up by countless BISTROS all over France – until relatively recently.

Think ‘classic’ French cooking, words like nostalgia and self-indulgence come to mind. Think rich OEUFS MIMOSA, or SALADE TIÈDE de FOIE de VOLAILLE (salad with a dressing of warm, raspberry-finished chicken livers) or JAMBON PERSILLÉ devoured with crispy baguette.  Remember those crispy VOLS AU VENT oozing their fragrant MUSHROOM or SHELLFISH RAGOÛT all over your plate? Those first ventures into garlicky ESCARGOTS?  That eye-opening classic FRENCH ONION SOUP?  And all of it ‘washed down’ with countless carafs of ‘house rouge’..

That was just for starters. For mains perhaps COQ AU VIN or a comforting BOEUF BOURGUIGNON, a fragrant POT AU FEU or traditional ROAST CHICKEN perfumed with garlic. Then again AILE DE RAY (ray-wing) with its traditional BEURRE NOISETTE or a Caper Sauce.. Or MOULES À LA CRÈME perhaps?

To finally, to finish maybe a fail-proof Mousse au Chocolat, a Creme Brulée or a reliable Tarte du Jour?

We seriously encourage nostalgia and so if you have great memories, please ask us.

This course costs  120€  per person.
We need a minimum of 4 people to run a course – maximum 8 participants.
Non-cooking partners may join us for lunch afterwards for 40€.