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La Cagouille (simply amazing!)

Z. Williams | Jan 7, 2006 07:07 PM

Out of Le Severo, L'Avant-Gout, and La Cagouille, I chose to go to La Cagouille (Thanks for the comments in the previous posting!) and it was simply fantastic. Every single item on the menu possesses some form of seafood. Prior to serving the entrees (appetizer course) the owner brought us a bowl of clams soaked in butter. These were very good and very fresh. This was followed by a great cod, bacon, mache, and olive salad for myself and calamari for the other diners (served simply with lemon). The salad was really, really, good. For our plats I had a simple platter of boiled langoustines and a half-dozen (really fresh) belons while my mother had the daurade and her husband had the ray with a gribiche (tapenady sauce). All were fantastic, the oysters were the freshest I've ever had. They were firm, not milky, and possessed the dominant flavor of seawater (a mignonette would have ruined the purity of the oysters' flavors). The Langoustines were served only with lemon and were equally good. My stepfather claimed the ray was the best he ever had and that the normal cartilaginous crunch was somehow removed. My mother said the daurade was also delicious. To drink we had a very nice '96 Chablis Premier Cru; it was perfect for what we ordered and not terribly expensive given the quality of the food. I will return here next time I visit my family in Paris.


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