I took a mini trip to France when I dined at this gorgeous restaurant on the hill. I was able to find classic French dishes that were prepared well and most importantly delicious!
Culinary trainer and chef-owner Jean-Michel Fraisse believes in using the freshest ingredients available without having to resort to anything processed. "The menu is designed to bring back a lost era when food was not as tainted as today and chefs did not take short cuts in the kitchen," says Fraisse. "At La Vie en Rose we make everything from scratch."
At the helm in the kitchen is chef Mickaël Cornutrait. He churns out meals that are best described as honest French food featuring specialities such as pâté en croûte ( pâté baked in a crust as pie or loaf ) , coq au vin ( chicken cooked in wine ), Bouillabaisse ( a French fish stew ) and more.
I started off with the foie gras creme brûlée. Yes you heard right, a savoury creme brûlée. They whip the foie gras with cream and top it with a typical sugar crust. The delicate taste of the foie gras is intensified by the richness of the cream. The top layer is crisp and cracks delightfully with a tap of the spoon. This is creamy and slightly sweet with a foie gras aftertaste. It works well with the buttery brioche on the side.
If you're looking for something more classic order the French onion soup. The caramelised onions work beautifully with the sourdough bread and pungent AOC Abondance cheese gratin.
La Vie en Rose is known for their stews and braised meats, so make sure to try the slow-cooked veal flank in a liquorice sauce or the duck confit. Poached in fat, the duck leg is succulent and juicy while the veal flank gets a gorgeous aromatic aniseed hint from the sauce. Both dishes have perfectly seasoned tender meat that falls apart with the slightest touch. I found them to be rich and heart warming, the kind of dish that brings immense comfort.
These dishes are accompanied by truffled mashed potatoes that are fragrant and delightful as well as ratatouille, a very rustic French vegetable stew.
To end your meal on a sweet note I suggest going for the profiteroles with a chocolate and caramel sauce. The flavours will bring you back to a time in your childhood when a simple store-bought Cornetto did the trick as a sweet treat. The caramel has a slight saltiness which is lovely with the chocolate.
Another dessert special at La Vie en Rose is the nougat glacé, a frozen nougat with nuts and candied fruits. Creamy and decadent, the sour notes provided by the fruits is perfect with the sweet nougat. For some nuty texture, sesame praline is used to garnish this dessert.
La Vie en Rose is a quaint French restaurant serving tasty French cuisine, sometimes with a little twist. Whether you're new to French food or a bona fide Francophile, you will be impressed and satisfied by their exquisite dishes. So if you feel like a mini French adventure, come here and you'll discover that France has plenty more to offer besides croissants and macaroons. Bon appétit, mon ami!
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