Classic French – €165

Classic French or Retro Bistro cuisine

The world ‘discovered’ classic French Cuisine in the fifties and sixties, through food that was served in countless bistros and roadside cafés all over France. Today there is a huge revival of these traditional dishes.  We are talking indiscriminately and un-apologetically RETRO! 

The Dishes…

Shall we make a traditional French Onion Soup?  Or gently poached Baby Leeks ‘Mimosa’ or with a Sauce Gribiche? Or how about a pretty slice of Jambon Persillé or Rillettes of Mackerel, to be served with a simple salad and a crispy baguette – perfect for a picnic or outdoor lunch.  Or how about the best-ever Country Paté with Prunes, Hazelnuts and Green Peppercorns? 

And that’s just for starters. For mains we can suggest perhaps an elegant, perfectly cooked Duck Breast (with cherries or fresh figs or peaches or pears, depending on the season, and accompanied by oh-so-delicious and pretty Pommes Fondantes (fondant potatoes) or the most luscious, no-fail and super easy, Gratin Dauphinois? Or, to keep things local, we could try a classic gutsy Broufado from the Camargue which is a stewed dish of bull’s meat with capers, anchovies and orange skin?  And if the weather turns colder, we could even contemplate a traditional Cassoulet!

And to finish? Perhaps a classic Tarte Tatin or fail-proof Fondants au Chocolat (little molten chocolate cakes). How about a traditional Tarte Amandine aux Poires or a traditional Crème Brûlée ?

We seriously encourage nostalgia and if you do too, write to us with your requests!

This course costs 165€ per person. We need a minimum of 6 people to run a course - maximum 8 participants. (Don't worry, we can usually find a few others to make up the numbers). Non-participating partners may join us for the meal afterwards - cost €40 per person.