Restaurants & Bars

l'huitriere in lille france

angela gilliam | Dec 14, 2004 07:47 AM

We had a fabulous sunday lunch at l'huitriere; a real treat as we live in London. For a meal of seafood, it is worth the drive!!

I started with lobster ravioli in broth tinged with cream. the lobster was the best and freshest I have had; perfectly textured pasta that seemed to melt into the lobster. My husband chose scallops wrapped in green cabbage, with hazelnut butter. Perfectly cooked to a silky texture; again the nuttiness of the cabbage suited perfectly.

I followed with sole; simply prepared and amazingly fresh. Accompanied by cream sauce similar to lobster starter; or perhaps my mouth hadn't yet recovered from the perfection of that first dish... My husband had a slab of turbot, coated with thinly grated potatoes and fried. The sauce was cream/stock (but not overly rich) with a hint of tarragon and perhaps nutmeg. Unusual but superb. My husband thought the coating on the fish was unnecessary, but apparently it's a regional specialty.

The wine list was quite thorough and very well priced, although everything is cheap to us coming from the UK.... We had a very good Sancerre; actually closer to a US style sauvingnon blanc that had the body to stand up to our rich starters.

Our two children, 1 and 4, were treated with beautiful small plates of filet of sole, green veg, and potato puree. Because they weren't so patient with the idea of a long lunch, though, we had to skip dessert.

The service was very good; the staff were particularly nice to our children. Total, no desserts, was 230Euro. We found the total experience to be better than london one-star restaurants.

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