Where to begin?
Perhaps with our first 3 course meal. We ate lunch at La Boheme, and we were so full for the rest of the day that we had a very light dinner!
Julian had the Menu Provencal and I had the Menu Vegetarian. My entree was a huge salad, with olives, zucchini, semi-dried tomatoes and marinated mozzarella. I’m not normally a big fan of mozzarella (a bit too bland for my liking) but marinated like this it was lovely. My only complaint with this salad was the dressing – a bit too lemony for my liking.
My first French salad
Julian’s entree was an Assortment de charcuteries de Provence – basically an assortment of Provencal meats, including a very tasty chorizo like sausage.
For my main, I actually ordered the Tian de legumes de salson a la creme de basilic. For some reason I ended up with Ravioles croquandres sar sa compotive de tomates fraiches, which was like miniture ravioli, filled with some kind of cheese and maybe basil(?) in a tomato sauce. Despite the mix-up it was still incredibly tasty.
Meat-loving Julian had the Tajine de taureau aux fruits socs – despite the fact we are going to Morroco in a week! We saw quite a few African inspired dishes on Provencal menus, so obviously the cultural influence has worked in both directions. FYI, taureau is bull, a regional speciality.
The creme de la creme!
Finally, dessert. I had the dessert du jour (dessert of the day) which was creme caramel. It was divine – the perfect combination of sweet caramel sauce and smooth custard. Mum, you would have loved it! Julian had the Sabayon aux fruits de salsons, which he tells me was quite tasty, but he probably wouldn’t order it again.
I won’t bore you with details of our other meals, but I thought you might enjoy this snapshot of Provencal food – the reputation for robust, simple, flavourful food is well deserved.
At the markets