There is a very special place about a half an hour from our village. This restaurant-hotel is a little piece of heaven. Cuq en Terrasse is owned by Andonis and Phillippe and they have created an exquisite place. The hotel and restaurant are located in an 18 century rectory. The beautiful old church is right across the street.
The hotel and restaurant recently won an award from TripAdviser.
SECOND BEST SMALL HOTEL IN FRANCE and 11TH BEST FOR SERVICE amongst all the French hotels (more than 16 000!)
I had the good fortune to go for dinner last week. There is a fixed price five-course menu. The chef Andonis finds what is in the market and is local to the area- home grown vegetables, aromatic herbs,wine sauces fish and local meats. Each year in their off-season they travel the world and find new inspiration and recipes.
The menu includes an “amuses bouche”, a starter, main course, cheese plate and dessert and costs 37 euros per person.
Our food was exquisite. We started with an amuse bouche- which translates as to amuse the mouth- a cool melon soup topped with a melon ball and piece of ham along with an artichoke tapenade with fresh goat cheese. We each had the nightly cocktail- ours was a delish lemon based drink.
First course was using asparagus- in season right now. Fresh grilled asparagus in a light sauce along with something absolutely wonderful- an asparagus flan.
Our main dish was a pork inspired by Thailand- lovely rondelles of pork in a Asian sauce, perfectly cooked green beans and a carrot orange flan. Cheese course followed next with homemade bread- I had the lemon dill bread.
And then of course dessert! Homemade cherry ice cream with a Cherry Financier. A financier is a small light and moist cake in a rectangular shape.The name financier is said to derive from the traditional rectangular mold, which resembles a bar of gold.
I was so enjoying the food I did not get more pictures so just imagine!
After dinner, Andonis, the chef, comes out of the kitchen and plays the pianola in the dining-room and sings joyfully with his rich baritone . We all gathered around him and sang several songs including UpTown Girl, two songs from Les Miz, two French songs, C’est Si Bon, and finished up with Andonis’s favorite- Never on Sunday. A great evening!