09 Jan Restaurant Le 26, Avignon
Soon after we ordered our meals, calls for reservations started coming in, and soon there was only a table for two left. All entrées are €10, mains €21 and desserts €6. The two-course dinner was €24. I wasn’t sure I had the stomach for an entrée because I’d eaten the almond and honey slice not long before, but mum said she’d have it if I couldn’t finish. Dad and I had the quail with sautéed Granny Smith apples and anise seed vinaigrette and mum had the foie gras entrée. For mains I had beef fillet with Kampot pepper and mashed potato; mum and dad both had the lamb shank with honey sauce and vegetables.
The foie gras was a bit different to what we’ve had in the past. It wasn’t a block of foie gras (or mousse, paté, mi cuit etc), but rather pieces of foie gras with other ingredients in it. It had a pretty strong taste, even compared to the foie gras mum had at Bistro de l’Octroi in Sarlat. Mum also had some cooked red onion on the plate, which went very well with the foie gras.
The quail was also good, especially with the apples and balsamic vinegar.
The lamb shank was falling off the bone, and mum declared it to be the best handled lamb shanks she’d had at a restaurant, though to be honest, I don’t think she’s ordered lamb shanks that much before.
Apparently the pepper used to make the sauce for my beef is meant to be really hot. It wasn’t really, but the beef was tasty nonetheless. I’d asked for medium-rare, and that’s exactly how the meat came out. The steak also had a nice charred flavour on the outside. The creamy mashed potato was presented with a stick of spaghetti and a sprinkle of sesame seeds, making the three spheres of potato look a bit like an ice cream dessert.