Paris, 1 June (escaping the Jubilee in La Republique), lunch at Astrance. Menu du Printemps, 60 Euros.
Not much time to post so I'll give you the bare bones. Also I didn't take notes so the order of courses might be wrong:
1. Amuse of melon puree on violet yogurt base topped with olive oil emulsion. Tasty palate cleanser but nothing special.
2. Tian of crab on avocado slice with another slice draped over the top dotted with orange zest. Astonishing clarity of flavours, perfectly rip avocado, beutifully balanced.
3. Langoustines (2) surrounded by coconut green sauce (cant remember other ingrediaent) -- beautifully succulent and great flavour matching.
4. confit of salmon (anyone know why its called this?) with carrot and ginger grated salad -- clean flavours but good not exceptional.
5. Mystery dish -- frothy brown soup -- we guessed correctly that it was infused with smoked bacon and pain grille taste; apparently also rich chicken broth.
6. Puy lentils with fermented lential broth (frothy), chorzo cream and onion sorbet -- extraordinary dish - the chorizo cream seemed to be imbued with all the taste of chorizo without any meat, the lentils provided an earthy accompaniment and the sorbet cut right through everything else.
7. Lamb with date and geranium paste, mint and coriander sauce and lemon zest sauce - succulent and tasty meat, perfect saucing (mint + coriander superb combination), date number a bit sweet for me.
8. Madelines and fruit. Simple and perfect.
9. Chocolate brownie with pistachio ice cream, pistachios and pistachio spun sugar. Incredibly choccy but too sweet for my tooth.
10. Jasmine flavoured egg-nog wittily served in egg shell sitting in egg box.
Wine -- white Domaine Hauvette (Les Baux de Provence) for 40 Euros. Floral/aromatic with good structure/acidity and finish. Excellent match.
Total price 80 Euros plus tip per person.
Wonderfully relaxed experience, good service (not too intrusive), plenty of room to stretch out. Place not full so lunch seems to be th etime to go.