Lunch with Gordon

Cheese selections and a knowledgable guide

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Gordon Ramsay’s restarant at the Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles.  I expected fast, mediocre and expensive.  I was only right on one count.

The three-course lunch menu was actually eight unbelievable courses, wine and champagne.   The 15-table restaurant was comfortably full.  Nurse noticed lots of generous businessmen taking their nieces out for a leisurely lunch….

Our table looked out over a community of contented goats and sheep, presumably from Marie Antoinette’s Petite Trianon.  It might be a point of conscience that lamb was not on the menu.

It took two and a half hours to eat and four waiters to serve.  Paper thin croutons and potato crisps with two spreads – eggplant and goat cheese with caviar.  Caesar salad and mozzarella stuffed with salmon mousse.  Pate de fois gras.  Lobster ravioli.  Roast pigeon.  John Dory.  Custard with raspberry coulis. Strawberries with creme freche and a crumbled crust.  Five kinds of cheese (the cheese that the French don’t export.)  Desert truffles served on dry ice.  Complete exhaustion.

I immediately underwent a psychic exorcism to forget how much it cost, so don’t bother asking.  I was repeatedly amazed by the delicate, interesting flavors and textures.  It’s good to experience this kind of dining  just once.  I have to hand it to Gordon.

See the complete food photos here

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10 Responses to “Lunch with Gordon”

  1. Victor Says:

    Sigh….

    So what are you doing for dinner?

  2. Tim Says:

    Tres Fabu! It sounds divine… I wish we could have been there with you!

  3. Julie Says:

    Omlettes for dinner. It was hard to imagine any other food on earth after that

  4. Clare Says:

    Wow and wow. Pictures?

  5. Julie Says:

    Clare I have food pictures galore. I need to reference the menu to be sure I describe everything correctly. Ann found the runny cheese in our cheese shop and she’s loving it.

  6. Joanne Says:

    I’ve never had pigeon. Does it taste like chicken? I could nab a few from our backyard!

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  8. Julie Says:

    Pigeon – the other dark meat. It was pretty good – like chicken but more tender. I wonder if we can train Sam to catch them?

  9. Ann Mason Says:

    I don’t think pigeon tastes at all like chicken, much darker meat, so tender you wouldn’t believe it. I have been eyin the neighborhood pigeons, thinking I could entice one into my wee kitchen before we leave.

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