Salade Etchegorry foie gras, magret fumé, haricots verts
Everyone else seemed to be enjoying this as their starter. Parisian Friend highly recommended it. It was pretty darn complete with some foie, smoked duck breast, smoked salmon, melon, and green beans. I think it would have been better without the smoked salmon, but overall it was very fulfilling salad.
Duck filet pan roasted with honey and potatoes cooked in duck fat was another popular dish ordered by many other diners that night. I thought the sauce was a bit too sweet, but maybe that’s just me.
I’ve never eaten cassoulet before. I think I first heard about it from an episode of No Reservations when Anthony Bourdain makes this dish for a family he is staying with and it didn’t seem to go over well with the kids. Parisian Friend warned me against the tiresome taste and heaviness of all the beans. It did get a bit boring, but the taste was so flavorful. A lot of umami-ness in here. Between the sausage, duck leg, and lamb shoulder, the latter was definitely my favorite. It wasn’t too gamey. I was pretty full but kept nibbling at this bit by bit. It was pretty much gone by the end. The cassoulet could have been a bit moister but maybe this is how cassoulets are?
Not sure what this translates to exactly but it was apple tart-esque. Phyllo dough was used instead of a more traditional flakey pastry dough. It was complemented by a lightly sweet creme anglaise flavored with Armagnac, which is a type of brandy.
A “floating island” of meringue sat atop some more creme anglaise. Toasted pralines gave some crunch and texture. I’m not a huge fan of meringue but Parisian Friend went to town. It is NO secret she LOVES sweets, even more than me!