Thursday, December 30, 2010

Restaurant de Lauzun (Gignac, France)

The only one starred Michelin restaurant in our area is the Restaurant de Lauzun. The chef is Matthieu de Lauzun; the young chef received his first star after his restaurant was opened a few months. That is an amazing accomplishment. We are so glad to have such a talented chef in our area.

Chef Mattheiu just came back from doing a one week and very successful food promotion at the Pullman Hotel Bangkok. All the female journalist were swooning over his good looks, while foodies were impressed with his culinary talents.

We wanted to say hello to the chef and check if he had a good trip back to France. So, we decided to have lunch at Restaurant de Lauzun.

The restaurant is located in the town of Gignac which is next a 15 minute drive from ours.

We all took the 'Menu Decouverte' at 41 euros; which included amuse-bouche, starter, main dish, dessert and mignardises.

The amuse-bouche was a spring roll of prawns and a pumpkin soup. The prawns were fresh, plump and tasty. The soup was hot, thick, rich & so good.

The starter was deep fried Tête de veau. This is one of my favourite dishes from chef Matthieu. The tête de veau was deep fried to a dark brown, they were so crispy on the outside but one bite into them and we discovered a world of tender, moist and juicy tête de veau. The sauce of beetroot added the acidity & sweetness to the the dish. Simply scrumptious.

My main dish was Lotte. The lotte fish was so fresh and cooked perfectly. The lotte was accompanied with spinach, creamed potatoes and a light sauce. All worked well together.

My first friends main dish was Cod. The cod was thick, fresh and cooked perfectly. The fish was accompanied with spinach and creamed potatoes. A simple fish but cooked into something wonderful.

This amazing dish was not on the menu...the chef was very kind to add this dish into our menu. A ravioli stuffed with mushrooms. The mushrooms gave out so much was incredibly yummy.

The pre-dessert was an icy Mango soup & sorbet. A nice way to have a break from our main course and prepare for our dessert. The mango was in two different textures and gave out such an intense flavour.

Our very friendly lunch companion...Archie the 13 year old yellow labrador.

The first dessert was Poached pear. The poached pear was devine; it was not so sweet (which is a good thing).

The second dessert was Lychees with chocolate. Who would have thought that fresh lychee and chocolate were a good paring but it worked out and tasted lovely.

The petite gourmandises...Bell pepper chocolates and jellies. At first, we were skeptical about bell pepper with chocolate....we were right. It was not a favourite at our table. OK, maybe we were biased since my friend is allergic to bell peppers. Oops.

Overall; an amazing lunch...the food was great balance of flavours & textures as well as colours and presentation. The food is thought out, cleverly put together and cooked perfectly. Really really really delicious. At 41 euros; the quality & ratio is a great treat. Can't wait to see what the Spring/ Summer menu will taste like.

3, bd de l’Esplanade,
34150 Gignac
Tél.: 04 67 57 50 83

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