On Wednesday our four companions presented my wife and me with un bon cadeau, a gift certificate for dinner on Friday evening June 19 at La Closerie, a highly-regarded restaurant owned by Delphine et Olivier Alemany. La Closerie is about a minute walk down the hill from our house. Donna and Diane even picked out our table in conversation with Delphine. We were seated on the terrace next to the stone wall looking out over the valley. We both like to dine out when we are in France - who wouldn't? - but we usually pay close attention to the right side of the pages on a menu. A very generous and unexpected gift.
I almost left my money pouch at home - after all the gift certificate would cover the fixed price menu and a bottle of wine, with a bit left over - but I decided to take along some extra Euros, "just in case." Good thing I did, or one of us would have had to make a somewhat embarrassing trip up the hill at the end of the evening.
Of course, we had to begin our special evening with an apéritif - kir for me and kir royal (made with Champagne) for Liz. While the fixed price menu was perfectly fine, we decided to order à la carte - a decidedly pricier option. And besides, Delphine mentioned that a special lobster entrée was available. We followed this with our plats - loup (sea bass) for Liz and pigeon rôti for me. We chose a bottle of Reserve 2004 Chateau des Tours from the wine list.
We ended our meal with dessert and café. Everything was excellent.
We shared the small patio with a few other people, including a English foursome who were dropped off by a chauffeur. Some of their conversation debated the merits of Eton vs Harrow for their children/grandchildren.
When ordering from the fixed price menu (€34 in June 2009) and selecting one of the more moderately priced bottles of wine, it is possible for a couple to enjoy a 3-course dinner at La Closerie in the evening for under €100. Lunch presents a more moderate option.
We enjoyed our evening at La Closerie very much. Thank you Donna, Diane, Carol, Faith.