The restaurant is listed as semi-gastronomique. Gastronomique is probably what we consider a gourmet restaurant, but as our friends Jim and Theresa learned in French class, a gourmet is a person, not a kind of restaurant or cooking.
So we gathered for a semi-gastronomique lunch the other day, three American couples and Cedric, whose French wife Valerie wasn't feeling well.
The restaurant is called L'Odalisque and it hasn't been in operation for that long.
|The sign on the side of the building, along with a knife and fork|
|The seven of us had just received our starters or entrées, when the waitress took this picture.|
For the main course, we had two fish dishes to choose from or lasagna. Cedric, although he's from Corsica, doesn't like fish, but he told us that the fish he has eaten at this restaurant has been converting him, so I had to try the fish.
Here's my plat, with a crispy coating on top of the fish and mashed potatoes underneath.
|Even the presentation was beautiful|
Cedric also gave me a bit of his lasagna which was delicious. In France, they don't use a tomato sauce in lasagna, but a bechamel sauce.
You might think I would be too full for dessert, but the bowl of chocolate mousse was so tempting that I finished more than half of it before letting Earl have the rest.
I've eaten a number of chocolate mousse(s) in France this year, but this one was the best, light and airy with just enough dark chocolate.
Some of us finished with little cups of espresso, that were accompanied by fingertop-sized meringues.
The restaurant only accepts cash, so we scrambled to figure out the bill before toppling out to the sunshine of the afternoon.
|Cedric next to the restaurant where he's sharpening his culinary skills|
Still wringing joy from the good life in France.