Listening to the unfamiliar sounds of the city waking, against a background of chirping birds. Street sweepers. Suitcase wheels bouncing over cobbles. Traffic. Hooters and the occasional voice raised in anger, or appreciation.
Homeless occupying benches and doorways. Unexpected. People frozen in front of static electronic train schedules. Strike, causing mayhem and anxiety.
Fields of gold and green, with the occasional burst of colour from wild flowers.
Come hungry. Very hungry. Should come as a ‘health warning’ with the notification that you have a successful reservation at L’EST.
The portions are seriously generous, with none of the artful use of space to display the food trend. Rather, mouth watering aromas that fill the evening sky making passers bye stagger with envy. The food is the reason to come, but the service is choreographed excellence.
Disc trays held aloft by magic, as the four fingers of the hand under the tray can’t possibly support the glasses, food, and bottles of wine. That this is then brought down to sit on the butlers stand, seemingly snapped out of the left trouser pocket, in a ‘Merlin’ approved move, is worth watching every time.
The wine list is manageable. That this had Crozes-Hermitage as their recommended ‘House’ wine, made it easier. Their champagne recommendation wasn’t shabby either, as a ‘Loop Doppie’.
Choosing from the seasonal recommendations, as well as favourites (scallops), and the impossible to miss out on (soufflé) resulted in a menu of hedonistic delight
Worth putting on any Bucket List
Escalopes de Foie Gras Chaud
Foie-gras de Canard Maison Cuit en Terrine
Noix de Coquilles Saint Jacques Roties
Risotto au Parmesan Reggiano
Cote de Veau Rotie en Cocotte
Soufflé Chaud Grand Marnier
Crozes-Hermitage Petit Ruche