Today was sick! We were done with all shaping before 5. Everyone just got on with work. It was the A Team as usual, myself, Alexandre and Alex...all A’s get it? So yeah knocked that shit out and then just pumped those baguettes out like a machine! It was one of those days when everything just flows nicely, my scoring was good, shaping on form and going things all over the place.
After work we had a glass of wine in the kitchen...which was kinda a bad idea since we’re all usually so tired. It hits hard! Alexandre and I then were discussing some recipes that I sent him that he wants to try out so he just wanted translations and explanations.
Now that I have heating at home, I almost constantly have the gas on a low setting and my small oil heater on high to keep the place warm because these walls retain jack heat and the wooden floors aren’t insulated either so that doesn’t help.
Had a short nap and did chores before heading out just before 8pm with William for dinner. We were joined by Rudolph and Valeria, Rudolph’s Russian gf who works with them at PB Boulangerie in America.
I thought we were going to Orsi, which is the Michelin star gastronomic restaurant of chef Pierre Orsi, but we instead went to Cazenove which is the sister restaurant to Orsi. It’s not gastronomic but I wouldn’t call it a brasserie either. But when you enter it feels like you’ve entered another time. With a rich carpeted floor, mirror panelled walls and wooden statues of cupids it has an early 1900’s feel to it. This kind of atmosphere you would only find in some old school hotels nowadays.
Right after you enter there is a rack for your jacket and we were escorted to our table. Chef Pierre arrived shortly thereafter as the 2 restaurants are on the corners of 2 opposite blocks, and greeted us and chatted a bit. It’s remarkable to see a man of over 70 with so much vibrancy. He is always alive and animated and inquisitive. We were served a glass of champagne to start. Which was really light with subtle fruity flavours? There were also bread rolls on a side plate, with rounds of butter and a small plate of thinly sliced rosette (French salami) which, at room temperature is so smooth and tasty with the fat melting in your mouth.
For mains William had the rack of lamb which was beautifully cooked...super moist and pink (just the way we like it),
Phew, then onto cheese. They brought out a cheese trolley and all their cheeses are made by a MOF Frommagier, Didier Lassagne.
Afterwards a small plate with petit fours was given to use...with small passion fruit marshmallows (so good), chocolate and mint macaroons and orange peel financiers. What was really interesting is that we were also given a small bowl with mandarins/clementine. It’s an interesting concept and it was really refreshing and helps cleanse your palate, much like a sorbet would.
Oh wait...I’m not done. Then we had dessert (say WHAT???) yeah homey, dessert: chocolate cake base, chocolate mousse with a nougatine centre, chocolate ice cream and a chocolate sauce and tuile. We had this with an Italian muscadel. Afterwards was coffee...with the little pot with sugar chunks. One thing I really liked was how all the crockery had the same motif on it, very old school which just fits with everything else. Nowadays everyone is being contemporary so you won’t see that. We also had beautiful crockery and stemware.
But were still weren’t done... William asked for shots of chartreuse which is a green digestif, served in a cognac sniffer and is apparently made with over 100 different herbs. It smelled flippen strong. Mother Russia downed hers of course. J We sipped ours but after 2 sips I knocked the rest back...that stuff gave me goose bumps.
The best part? It was all on the house. Chef Orsi was very generous and hospitable. If I still have some money before I leave I’d like to try his gastronomic restaurant...but a minimum spend on food alone is 60 euros...
We then drove to a small “club” (it was 1am on a Tuesday night....in Lyon. So not much choice) they were playing Latino music and had an instructor sort of guiding everyone and then everyone danced and changed partners the whole time. I was so full I didn’t want to dance but just before the end I got on the floor and started moving once they started playing tunes with a bit more BASS! One girl was trying to help me to salsa but I have no rhythm for that...but I still had fun.