Wednesday, November 16, 2011

fou de france

foudefrance (2) Tuesday after French class a handful of us went to lunch at Benoit.

They were having a food event called Fou de France (Food of France). This event was started by Alain Ducasse in order to showcase the chefs who have restaurants in regional France.

The chef who would be cooking for us was Xavier Isabal of Hotel Ithurria, a farm hotel that has been around since 1657, located in Ainuhoa, Basque.

Our lunch started out with a blini topped with salmon roe and filled with smoked salmon.

I liked this but there were passion fruit seeds here and there and the crunching made me think there were bones or something in there, I would leave out those seeds next time.

foudefrance (3) My entrée (which is appetizer in French) galette de pommes de terre, jambon de bayonne, mesclun et champignon (crispy potato wafer with mesclun, mushroom and homemade ham)

I really enjoyed the crispy potato wafer and the homemade ham was very tasty.

foudefrance (4) My plat (main dish) was lapin farci à la tomate, écrasée de pommes de terre carottes confites (rabbit stuffed with tomato, smashed potato, mesclun & glazed carrots)

I figured how often would I be able to eat rabbit? especially in Japan? cooked by a chef from France?

The texture was similar to chicken, very moist and tender, no gaminess to it.

foudefrance (5) Dessert was coupe Stéphane, chocolat chaud (vanilla ice cream, topped with whipped cream, hot chocolate sauce and almond bits, the mushrooms are made of meringue) I had envisioned something "molten" so I was pleasantly surprised when this came out.

They bring it out and drizzle hot chocolate sauce over it. The mushrooms are made of meringue and are very light.

It had the right amount of sweetness, the perfect ending.

foudefrance We also each received a bag of chocolate madeleines to take home...delicious!

A great foodie day, I hope my French classmates invite me out with them again it was fun.


jalna said...

Everything looks so good. Reminds me of Brandee's adventure to France, especially the dessert with the neat "mushrooms".

genkitummy said...

Mmm...everything looks so good! The dessert looks cute with all the "mushrooms"!

Japan Australia said...

It all looks so good and yummy :)

Japan Australia

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Oh no I didn't know entrée means appetizer in French!!! Thanks for letting me know... =) Everything looks so delicious here.

Rowena... said...

I didn't realize that rabbit isn't common in Japan (if you had said hare it would've been a different thing altogether). What a perfect lunch!

KirkK said...

What a lovely lunch Kat!

K and S said...

Thanks Everyone! it was definitely a good experience and fun.

Take care.

Anonymous said...

what a fun and delicious outing!

K and S said...

very fun indeed Paz :)

Take care.

K said...

This meal looks delicious!

I don't like mushrooms but I think I'd love the ones in your dessert, haha.

K and S said...

Thanks K, I didn't know you didn't like mushrooms :)

Take care.

Deb in Hawaii said...

What a fun foodie event. That dessert is fabulous--love the little mushrooms. ;-)

K and S said...

definitely something different Deb :)

Take care.