Ristorante Manuel 2

January 14, 2007

After reading Gary and Varian’s enthusiastic blog post of December 11, we suggested going to Ristorante Manuel with them. And so on January 13, 2007, we picked up David and Frederique, who had the same idea, in our faithful blue Peugeot 406.

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After an hour for shopping in Ventimiglia, we drove to the plain industrial building well described by Gary and Varian, who had arrived already and had wisely organized the spumanti for our aperitifs. They introduced us to the four charming and capable members of the staff.

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From the left:

Fernando Moriano, the chef’s father, former gourmet store proprietor.

Signora Moriano, the chef’s mother who makes all the pasta.

The chef’s Romanian fiancée.manuel-1.jpg

Manuel Moriano, the chef.

We ordered the same 50€ menu and wine as described in the December 11 post. 

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The amuse-gueule was some anchovy rolled inside ham (photo below) which went well with the spumanti which Linda is enjoying here along with the comments of the chef.manuel-4.jpg

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Frederique and Gary

listen to David.

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The first course was shrimp, fennel, pineapple, pomegranate seeds, parmesan shavings and a passion fruit sorbet.

manuel-8.jpgThis was followed by a nice version of brandade, with the cod shredded and mixed in, rather than being puréed manuel-9.jpgalong with the potatoes.

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There was then a ballontine of veal with a parsley pesto.

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The pasta came next: fresh ravioli stuffed with a light marjoram mix.  The chef came himself out to grate the parmesan over his mother’s creation.manuel-10.jpgmanuel-11.jpg

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manuel-13.jpgWe continued with slices of beef served with caramelized onions, raisins and pine nuts; green beans, a hazelnut/curried sauce and three bowls of flavoured salt.manuel-5.jpg

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David and

Varian

listen

to Gary.

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Dessert, an apple tart with ice cream and chocolate swirls, followed.manuel-14.jpg

Bonbons and a glass of grappa or lemoncello were offered with coffee.

And so we drove back to the côte d’azur, full and happy.

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