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Homage to Paul Bocuse at l’Auberge du Pont de Collonges

We were in Lyon, and had to pay our respects to the legendary Paul Bocuse by visiting his restaurant Auberge du Pont de Collonges.   I knew what I was in for when I made the booking, which was a restaurant and menu that had not changed since 1975.   And yep, it was exactly what I got.  Rich, luxurious, scrumptious and excessive food!

Since I’d gone all the way there, and the chances of returning are fairly slim, I’d decided to go all out and have the Menu Grande Tradition Classique.  Seven courses, which included a whole Bress chicken and dessert trays that you could select anything from.  Just a small piece of advice if you ever go there: make sure you’re hungry!

Before we started, we had the customary amuse bouche which was a lovely bisque.

Amuse Bouche

First course was “scallop of foie gras, pan-cooked, verjus sauce“.  The foie gras was beautifully seared on the outside and soft inside, and it was served with crispy potato lattice on top and a sweet sticky sauce.

Scallop of foie gras, pan-cooked, verjus sauce

Next up we had the famous “Truffle soup V.G.E.” which was a dish created for the French President in 1975. A dish that has been around for over 35 years must be good to stand the test of time.  I’d expected a thick soup under that puff pastry but it was actually a clear soup with veges and truffle.  Be warned: a bowl of this soup was $82 euros!

Truffle soup V.G.E.

The “filet of sole with noodles, à la Fernand Point” was devine!  Lovely soft and sweet sole with a creamy white sauce (which had been lightly grilled to give it that browned taste) with noodles.

Filet of sole with noodles, à la Fernand Point

We then had a palate cleanser which I thought was worthy of mention: “Beaujolais winemaker’s sherbet“.  It was like icy red wine – really powerful and unexpected.

Beaujolais winemaker’s sherbet

Next we were served a whole “Bresse chicken truffled cooked in a bladder“.  It’s quite scary looking (a chicken in a bladder that’s puffed up from the steam whilst cooking) but really delicious!  The chicken was carved up and served with a creamy sauce filled with morel mushrooms, and a side of rice and spring vegetables.

Bresse chicken truffled cooked in a bladderBresse chicken truffled cooked in a bladder

After that we moved on to a “selection of fresh and matured cheeses from La Mère Richard“.  We were presented with a cart full of cheeses of various varieties and could select any that we wanted!  Divine!

Selection of fresh and matured cheeses from La Mère Richard

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And then came the “delicacies and temptations”, which again involved a cart full of desserts that we could choose from.  I went for the fruit, crepe and cream options whilst my boyfriend went for the sweetest items in the cart.

 Delicacies and temptations

Last item for us was the “fantasies & chocolates” which was a beautiful stand of chocolates and treats.  Note the figurine on top of the stand (it’s a mini Paul Bocuse!).

Fantasies & Chocolates

Overall, it was quite an experience.  Very old school formal, classic dishes, excessive surrounds, immaculate service, luxurious feel throughout the whole experience.   If you have the means and time, definitely do it.  Being a lover of all things French, especially the food, this was a chance to live and breathe French gastronomy.

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Tickets, Barcelona

People, believe the hype.  Tickets is all that they say it is, which is totally amazing.   We booked 3 months in advance on the web before heading off (note to east coast Australians – the clock resets at 8am our time for the bookings).    The restaurant’s decor is whimsical, inviting and open.  The service was brilliant.  And the food was magnificent.

When in Spain, must eat jamon.  We had the thinly sliced salty “Joselito’s Gran Reserva iberian ham” with “the tomato bread” which was toasted and smeared with rich tomato goodness.

The “slices of tuna belly with it’s tartare, panceta and salmon roe” was delicate yet packed a punch.

These “miniairbags stuffed with manchego cheese” were like eating puffy clouds of cheese.  And the pearl on top were olive oil droplets!  When I first saw them I thought it was golden roe (!).

The chilled “avocado cannelloni with crab and romesco sauce” was a divine and delicately balanced dish.

This was my least favourite dish for the evening.  “Macerated prawns with soy and ginger” had prawns that were creamy in consistency (which is not my thing), but the sauce was delicious.

I have no idea how they made the “marinated fried fish” as the outer crust was so delicately crispy but the inside fish was perfectly moist and juicy.  Delicious.

The ““mollette” with double chin” was to die for.  It was like the greatest pork sandwich I’d ever had.  The consistency of the bread matched the juicy tasty pork to a tee.

This dish looks a bit rude, but the “confit potatoes with pork rib jus and boiled iberian ham” was great!  The potatoes had so much flavour in them!  Loved it!

Tasty “chicken skewer with shitake mushrooms” was great – juicy chicken and mushrooms grilled on a skewer.

Grilled lobster” was cooked perfectly and super tasty.  Came with a lemony dressing which enhanced the sweet chunks of lobster meat.

The “liquid ravioli of Payoyo cheese” was amazing!  It was like cheese in a cheese membrane which just exploded in your mouth.   The cheese was quite strong, like a mild blue flavour.   The toasted bread atop gave a nice crunch.

First dessert was the “pineapple with Maraschino cake and lime meringue“.  Cold sweet chunky pieces of pineapple mixed with cake and covered with a browned meringue.  Refreshing and light.

My boyfriends step dad is Catalan so we had to have the “Catalan creme roll“.  Sweet creamy filling with sweet crispy outer shell.

Last was the recommended “warm lava cake of “Turron de Jijona” with raspberry sorbet“.  As described, the cake was warm and once broken oozing with almost caramel like sauce.  The sorbet was a nice sharp contrast to the cake.

So we had a lot of food.   And it was delicious and quite the experience.  I was really bummed that we didn’t get the forest dessert (it was like a chocolate cake and other things made to look like a mini forest) and the mango sorbet which is served to you from an old school ice cream cart.  Guess I’ll have to go back for it!

Just in case it wasn’t obvious – I love this restaurant.