If you go to a French restaurant and you're looking for something simple to eat, it can be difficult. Recently, at a dinner with colleagues, I had a hard time choosing from the menu.
- Boar rib with spices. No.
- Piglet belly cooked at low temperature. Definitely no.
- Roasted duck breast. No. I don’t eat Donald or Daisy
You get the idea. I’m not a good one to judge because basically, I don’t like most meats, and I don’t have sophisticated tastes. I guess the restaurants know that there will always be “one of those” so they throw in a vegetarian dish -spinach gnocchi. This I could enjoy although when I ordered it, I detected a sniff of disapproval. I guess this is considered the "Cheese Whiz" category, only included to appease the boors who don't eat boar. So, a few suggestions if you're in this situation -
- Don’t order anything if you don’t understand what it is unless you're not hungry.
- Don’t expect service to be fast. It’s a French restaurant.
…..and this is the most important one
- When the Menu du Jour is being read, really really pay attention.
The server said “The special of the day is quail”. (Well for me, that’s disgusting….but as mentioned, I’m not the experimental type).
BUT….what I heard was
“The special of the day is squirrel”
I almost passed out.
Once the room stopped spinning and I had regained the color in my face, I calmly mentioned that we have a lot of squirrels around our house and they’re cute.
To the other guests of course this was a non sequitur. No one knew why I all of a sudden I had the urge to express my love of squirrels.
Overall, I'm hoping the next restaurant is Italian. You can't go wrong with ravioli.