Hostellerie Les Gorges de Pennafort (update)
May 7, 2008
(This relates a second visit; address and website on earlier entry)
( May 2, 2008 ) Another fine spring day, but this time a drive in the country to the charming Hostellerie Les Gorges de Pennafort, where we ate in January
Seated, we discussed the market menu (€45) but the 56€ menu with its more interesting choices is the one we all settled on.
Mitchell wisely chose a Louis Latour Givry 2001(65€) to start and followed it with a 2003 Chassagne Montrachet Morgeot (75€), also Louis Latour, to continue.
While we were awaiting our amuse bouche, we nibbled on a plate of little crostini with fresh herbed cheese or cold meat. Our first dish, and a particularly splendid one it was, was a cauliflower cream soup.
We then expected the entrées we had ordered, but we were pleasantly surprised to be served crab in a green aspic with a divine horseradish cream garnish. Then we all got a small, warm but crustless rouget tart followed by a mouthwatering ravioli of foie gras with truffles and Parmesan cheese.
As in our last visit, they served us all the entrées, not just the ones we had ordered. This is a truly nice touch and lets you experience a wide variety of tastes. To clear our palates, a sorbet of pink champagne did the trick.
The cheese tray included very attractive choices or a fromage blanc, herbed or plain, which Gary and Mitchell enjoyed.
Then we had to choose our desserts.
Michelle had noticed a particular dessert at a nearby table and when she asked what it was, we learned that we all would get it as our pre-dessert. And, out it came–a plate of four glasses, passion fruit jelly, peanut cream, pineapple granité, and a chocolate caramel cream.
We could have stopped there and felt well served. However, the ordered desserts came next including a pineapple and grapefruit dish with banana puffs on the side, a fresh strawberry “soup,” and a chocolate dome. Finally, we each nibbled on a small chocolate praline.
Stuffed beyond satiated and in a great mood, we then walked a little around the grounds and headed home.