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Barjac in Ardeche, France -- L'Esplanade

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Barjac in Ardeche, France -- L'Esplanade

Helen Rennie | Oct 23, 2002 04:40 PM

Just came back from 2 great weeks in France. I am posting restaurants by region. To see them all, go to my link below. Here is one from Barjac, Ardeche

L'Esplanade
3 course menu 13 euros / 4 course menu 17-23 euros
What a wonderful cozy little place. We wondered into L'Esplanade with no reservation after a long day of canoeing with every bit of our muscles hurting and felt at home right away. I had the best 13 euros meal of my life. I did not have choices of dishes, but the choices the chef made were great. I started with the appetizer of Tzatziki - cucumbers with yogurt and mint. My main dish was a delicious Daube Provençal (a beef stew with red wine and olives). For dessert I was supposed to have a crème caramel, but since Jason did not feel like having a cheese course, they allowed me to choose a dessert. I asked for the waiter's recommendation and he suggested a tart with small mirabelle plums. Unfortunately it was served cold and was not the best tart I've had in France, but the raspberry sauce that was served with it was very yummy. Jason took the 4 course menu for 23 euros (but chivalrously gave up his cheese course in exchange for my dessert of choice). He started with pate of foie gras with deliciously spicy apple raisin ginger chutney. For the main dish he had a slowly roasted lamb shank. The lamb was a bit on the dry side and needed a good sauce to back it up. For dessert he had chocolate quenelle with peach sauce. It was a cool combination of flavors. Although I believe that dark berries like raspberries and cherries go best with chocolate, peach presented a refreshing alternative. This is a place that I would definitely want to return to if we are in Ardèche again.

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