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Bistro Moncur

Bistro heaven. Professional service, but not layed on too thick, the food arrives quickly but with enough time between courses for conversation and anticipation. Food so good we order the cheese platter after we have had dessert, because judging by the previous courses, we know it won’t disappoint. We’re right.
Simple, beautiful salmon
Three pairs of greedy eyes all with menu remorse
N.B. I have since gone back to Damien Pignolet’s French book and made his basic double baked souffle. The recipe is written with such helpful detail you are much more confident of success. It is utterly delicious, however be warned if you don’t normally eat cream and cheese in copious quantities you may find it rather rich. I choose to put this in the ‘once a year’ file.
Phoebe tries to convince us that Joel has made the best choice with his crab souffle, but we all know it a ploy to keep us from the French Onion Souffle and crispy melting gruyere around the edges
Pasta may seem like a strange choice to order at Bistro Moncur, but it was perfectly salty and addictive with anchovy, ripe tomato, fresh basil and a herb sauce.
This is going to sound sacriligious but the crackling on top was so light it was like the ones in a chip packet. I forget the name, anyone, anyone, Bueller? The Berkshire pork was tender and flavoursome and tasted like it had been cooked with many herbs.
N.B. I have since had to go to the butcher in search of pork and crackling and even made apple sauce to go with it. I stuffed it with a silly amount of fresh herbs and learnt that pork can handle it and my overgrown herb pots have had a nice pruning in the process. I also used a new method for the crackling where you go over the scores that the butcher makes for you so they are really separated and then pour boiling water over it in a colander in the sink which helps open up the scores and then rub the top with sea salt. Made all the difference, didn’t have to remove the crackling so the pork underneath stayed nice and moist.
The figs were juicy and ripe with a gorgeous raspberry coulis
White nectarine souffle with creme anglaise
Two types of cheese with more fresh figs and some wonderfully crisp lavosh
Satisfied Customers? I think so.
Think I’m in a food coma

4 thoughts on “Bistro Moncur

  1. The write up we’ve been waiting for! Thanks! D’s gorgeous pics brought back an assault on all my senses! It was a truly amazing night.
    Also amazing were both creations afterwards – the souffles and the flavour-filled pork with the gorgeous crackling (and best apple sauce ever!) were all truly sensational!

  2. Man! So jealous, looking at these pictures and reading about your cooking. I don’t mean to invite myself, but can’t you imagine hubby and I at the table too? sigh. leave me to my imaginations.

  3. You are destined to be there. Hubby too. Shall we lock it in for April next year? 🙂

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