Monday, January 25, 2010

dinner at Chez

Last Saturday, we had dinner at the famous and local Chez Panissewhere some very generous friends invited us.The glow starts as you walk in. The redwood panellings , the rust wool carpet, the bouquet of seasonal branches, it all make you feel welcomed, and enveloped in an anticipating embrace. up we went to the upstairs cafe where a more casual, a la carte menu is offered. The pizza /wood oven roared next to our table which created a welcome added warmth to a chilly evening.
The meal, declined traditionally in appetizers, main and desserts was flawless if, a little blend.I know, the food should be the hero, but my wild nettle pudding souffle tasted of perfect butter, flour, and farm fresh eggs and nothing else.wild nettle sounds unusual,but the flavor is mild.My salad of fennel and grapefruit was delicious, with grapefruit segments as sweet as candy and fennel tender as cucumber.the dressing: good, but mild.
On the other end, my dessert was an explosion of taste and texture:the sherbet was bracing but not acid, the kumquats were the essence of citrus, and the tuile was the exotic crunch to the chewy candied fruit and the melty ice.
What a nice evening.......

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