French Regional Lunch at Monsieur Paul

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This was a special Food & Wine Festival event which had to be booked and pre-paid for in advance. After checking in at Monsieur Paul’s desk (located behind France’s other full-service restaurant, Chefs de France), I proceeded up the winding staircase to the restaurant. I first must admit to all of you that I was very apprehensive regarding this meal. I had visions of being served snails for one or more of the courses. But on the other hand, I am a fan of champagne, and as you may have noticed from the above photo, this lunch would feature champagne. So I reasoned with myself that if I was forced (out of politeness) to eat escargot at this meal, I would at least be able to wash it down with a glass of bubbly. ;) In other words, my love of champagne won out over my aversion to eating slimy snails.:snail:

But much to my relief, the first thing I noticed as I was being shown to my pre-assigned seat was that there was nothing that looked like escargot on the display table…

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I was the first to be seated at a table for four…

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Upon seeing the menu, I received further confirmation that I was safe…

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Soon I was joined at the table by three other guests, two ladies and one gentlemen, all of them there solo like me. Now it might have been the many glasses of champagne that we consumed, but by the end of this meal the four of us seemed like BFF’s. :laughing: And speaking of champagne, it was very good and surprisingly it was free-flowing…our glasses were not allowed to be less than half full. But more on that later. ;)

Let’s bring on the food now, starting with a warm, delicious mini-baguette…

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…and an amuse-bouche.

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There was no description for this on the menu and we were never told what it was. However, it tasted like mushroom soup topped with a dollop of whipped avocado. It was quite good. The first champagne was served along with the soup…

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Nicolas Feuillatte, Brut Reserve

But it gets even better with our next course…

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Quail eggs croustade atop a mixed green salad

I would call this Quail Eggs Benedict in a pastry tart shell and again it was very good. The champagne which accompanied this course was supposed to be the Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Chardonnay, Blanc de Blancs but they were unable to get this so served the Brut Rose instead. (sorry no photo)

Then it was time for the entree course…

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Lamb Tenderloin with a truffle and parmesan crust, served with Herb gnocchis

This was absolutely wonderful!!! I didn’t think anything could top the tender, delicious lamb…

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…but then I took my first taste of the gnocchi and I had to admit that I was wrong. The gnocchi was even more delicious and this (half) Italian girl was in heaven. :cloud9: Oh, and remember how I bragged that the profiterole dessert served at the Italian Regional lunch was better than any French profiterole I’ve had? Well, I’ll have to now add that the best gnocchi I’ve ever had was made by a French restaurant. Go figure??? ;)

Anyway, this course was served with Brut Cuvee…

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For the finale we were presented with this beauty…

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White Chocolate and Raspberry Napoleon with vanilla and raspberry ice cream

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This tasted as good as it looked. Although the entree was still my favorite course, the dessert was a very close second.

Nicolas Feuillatte’s D’Luscious, a Demi-Sec Rose, was paired with the napoleon but again I forgot to take a photo when it was served. However, I did remember to take a photo of the four empty bottles on our table… :faint:

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I have no idea how many glasses of champagne I had that afternoon but from the difficulty I experienced when I had to descend the spiral staircase after our lunch, I would say that it was few more than I should have had. ;) But from the “mystery” amuse-bouche to the fabulous finale, I thoroughly enjoyed this lunch. The food was delicious from beginning to end and the great champagnes were a very nice added bonus. So if you haven’t already guessed, this meal was definitely one of the best of my trip. :thumbsup2

So that just leaves one more meal, dinner at my favorite Disney restaurant. Would it join the French Regional lunch as one of the best or will it keep company with Whispering Canyon in the cellar? What do you think? :scratchin