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I'm not sure this fulfills the request for "good-looking French food." But it was interesting nonetheless. My colleague and I went to La Cantine des Salles Gosses which roughly translates into "the cantine for dirty kids." The idea (pretense?) is to re-create traditional childhood comfort foods. We ordered the "surprise" menu which meant "whatever the chef was in the mood to make that day." I'm not sure it was a total success but for me the company was more important than the food. We gave it 3 out of 5 stars - cool for adventurous foodies, but not a place to take the 'rents.





Alexandra and her baby bottle of red wine. After a couple of minutes she gave up and decanted the wine into a regular glass.



First set of appetizers - baby portions of a veggie salad.



Second set of appetizers - fois gras with spicy bread and chocolate sauce. The bread was good - kind of like pound cake but a lot spicier (obviously).



Main dish. The server had a really thick Eastern European accent plus my culinary vocabulary isn't very extensive, so I'm not really sure what we ate. But it was some sort of poultry (quail?) cooked with raisins and a bit of cheese, wrapped up in pastry leaves and then set on top of a bed of rice baked in the form of a circle floating in a port sauce. It was OK. Sort of like a Moroccan bstilla but not.



Ah, dessert. We had two different kinds and shared.
From the left and going around: a scoop of passionfruit ice cream, almonds with a sprinkling of sugar, a super-dense chocolate cupcake, and finally a merengue in a fruity sauce and topped with chocolate.



My favorite dish of the entire evening - a really fluffy flan pudding. (I'm bummed this didn't turn out clearly.)
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On March 13th, 2008 08:59 am (UTC), clynne commented:
Wow, that looks tasty. Well, except maybe for the baby bottle of wine...

The pseudo-bstilla and the dessert quartet in particular make my mouth water!
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On March 13th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
The desserts were definitely the best part!
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On March 13th, 2008 01:57 pm (UTC), congogirl commented:
I had to laugh at wine in a baby bottle!
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On March 13th, 2008 03:55 pm (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
I would've drawn the line at wearing bibs....
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On March 13th, 2008 06:06 pm (UTC), wendye commented:
Raisins do not belong in poultry dishes!
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On March 14th, 2008 06:23 am (UTC), ticklethepear replied:
Nor should the main attraction be placed on a hockey puck!
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