Sunday, March 8, 2009

L'Alexandrin and 100th post!

Because we love fine dining and wanted to experience the gastro city of the world properly, we decided to dine at L'Alexandrin of Lyon. Sorry, this may be torture by photos, but it was exquisite.

Rob and I probably were the youngest people in this place of only about 15 tables by at least 10 years. Embarrassingly enough, we were also the first to get there and be seated. We had made reservations for 7:30 and it took about 4 hours to complete the meal. 4 hours - 10 courses. Other people must have eaten faster because we were not the first to leave. We left when the place was about 1/3 empty already. The menu only advertised 6 courses, but with like lots of fine dining, they throw in surprises. Lots of them. I think we actually groaned at the end, when they brought out the after dessert, dessert. We enjoyed the meal with white wine and sparkling water. I ordered a glass of champagne. Well, I didn't really order it. They offered it to me as soon as I sat down, before we even got menus! It was sweet and bubbly, just the way I like it.

Here is Rob's stated Menu: (Vegetable)

Plate of five needs of the moment (This great tasting fried potato ball, a mushroom soup, a pumpkin soup, lentils combined with some yummy pork bits (Rob didn't eat, obviously), and some kind of puree with a small tiny fried shrimp. All neatly presented in little cups all in a row)
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Cappuccino cepes the tonka bean roasted hazelnuts
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Breaded and fried egg on Arborio risotto slices of truffle emulsion  
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Fried apples and parsnips with curry and cranberries
Fresh Granny Smith, cider butter
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Vegetable casserole Mr Bail spices fresh almond milk and toasted almonds
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Bleu d'Auvergne-cherry jam and cherries with spices
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Dessert of Choice - Rob choose Chocolate- Guanaja chocolate madeleines, marmalade of oranges preserved in Grand-Marnier, dark chocolate cream dessert and its pure cocoa sorbet


Here is my stated Menu: (Lyon Specialties)

Plate of five needs of the moment - same as Rob's.
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Fricot carp Royal Dombes vinaigrette and beet chips
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Real muslin pike dumpling and creamy crayfish
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Fennel granita Chartreuse Green (I have to be honest - this tasted weird - and the waiter didn't think I liked it)
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Braised chicken with vinegar embeurrée potatoes and mushrooms fricasséede
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Half Saint-Marcellin and his small salad with walnuts
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Choice of dessert- I choose seasonal - Iced chestnut parfait and cardamom sugared milk,
Medjoul date biscuit, almond ice and milk


In addition to these lovely 6 stated course.... here's what else was included (Sorry I don't know the fancy names!):

- Amous Bouche - Toast Points with cheese and salami. (I got to eat it all)

- Lots of bread and butter.

- Pre Dessert - This lovely foamy cream over a soft vanilla ice cream. It tasted like a cloud.

- With Dessert - About 6 small plates with macaroons, chocolates, mini pastry puffs, and chocolate covered marshmallows.

- After Dessert - A chinese spoonful of sweet strawberry sorbet.

Rob and I finished the evening with a great cafe for him and darjeeling tea for me. We left stuffed, yet happy.


Sorry - I didn't take pictures of every course. I also had to adjust and lighten these up a bit. But you can still appreciate the plating! 


Tina - Fricot carp Royal Dombes vinaigrette and beet chips

Rob - Cappuccino cepes the tonka bean roasted hazelnuts

Tina - Real muslin pike dumpling and creamy crayfish
(I laughed when I got this one in front of me)

Rob - Breaded and fried egg on Arborio risotto slices of truffle emulsion
(This was the best dish of the night. It takes amazing skill to bread and fry an egg but keep the yolk runny - skills!)

Rob - Vegetable casserole Mr Bail spices fresh almond milk and toasted almonds

Tina - Iced chestnut parfait and cardamom sugared milk,
Medjoul date biscuit, almond ice and milk

Tina - Braised chicken with vinegar embeurrée potatoes and mushrooms fricasséede



This is also my 100th post! WooHoo for me keeping this thing alive!

1 comments:

Young Traveler March 9, 2009 at 2:17 PM  

Want a dinner guest? I'm not THAT far away. :)

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