Sunday, March 9, 2014

Le Bistrot, Chamonix, France

I noticed it's been a while since I've written a food post, so here's one from our honeymoon.  We spent three days and nights celebrating our first White Christmas in gorgeous Chamonix in the French Alps.  We booked the Michelin-starred restaurant Le Bistrot for our Christmas dinner.

Harry chose the smaller 4-course degustation menu with matching wine flight (which ended up being nine courses by the time they added an amuse bouche, starter, cheese course, dessert and petit fours).  I wanted to do the same, but was struggling too much with jet lag and eating huge French dinners at what my body thought was breakfast time, so I stuck with two courses and no dessert (but there were still a few extras thrown in).  Here are some of the highlights.

Our amuse bouche was a savoury choux pastry with a shot of beetroot juice.

Our starter was a deliciously creamy vegetable mash with sausage.

Harry's duck foie gras, quince confit, lychee, balsamic and pepper.

We both had salmon gravelax, oyster, acidulated vegetables, celery puree and vanilla.

We both had roasted cod fish, pumpkin puree, chestnut and hazelnut (this is the degustation size serving, mine was huge).

Harry's venison fillet, cranberry juice, gnocchi and parmesan.

Harry's brown sugar shortbread, pistachio and citrus fruit.

The petit fours (including homemade marshmallow) were ridiculously cute and delicious, but we only managed to eat two each (and took the chocolate truffles for later).   No coffee because we desperately needed sleep.  How do the French finish every meal with coffee and still get to sleep?

Above images via my instagram

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