Down the German autobahn to Sens, France like a band of gypsies, Quincy howling out his indignation at being shut up in a box and country music blasting to prevent us from tossing him from the speeding car.
When we reached Champagne country, “a pause for the cause” brought us to a packed restaurant called The Grill on the outskirts of Troyes. We didn’t have a lot of time to enjoy this very good food but we will go back. The andouillette was fabulous!
I had planned to cook when we got home but there were too many people to see and things to do. I did go to the market for butter, boudin noir and grapes
And we did have a coffee, my husband in his very cool, “hand-me-up” leather jacket, a Christmas present we bought for our son one year that he never liked and refused to wear. My husband loves hand-me-ups
We invited the Parrets to lunch at Cuisine de Lolie, an upscale restaurant on the pedestrian walk.
Someone grumbled about the lack of tablecloths, I won’t say who, but he was old and French. You know who you are.
We began our meal with good quality foie gras on gingerbread. Yummy!
Cuisine de Lolie’s trio of appetizers was both tasty and attractive, but I did think that the chef should temper his enthusiasm for paprika plate decoration The seche and it’s sauce was brilliant!
Lolie’s menu consists of mostly what I would call nouveau cuisine but you can also find a few of the traditional, brasserie plates like this succulent, market chicken with buttery noodles.
The salmon with lentils was a great pairing, but the under cooked, crunchy lentils disappointed, especially with the perfectly cooked salmon. I have to think that this chef wasn’t feeling it that day. I know. I’ve been there.
The catch of the day, Coquilles St. Jacques, was a popular hit all around and just for this dish, we’d want to come back.
The cheese plate pleased our cheese experts, the Parrets, for both content and presentation. Art. See above. And, of course, the Cuisine de Lolie knows how to present a Cafe Gourmand. Bravo!
Overall this restaurant has good service, a pleasant atmosphere and good food. I would recommend it!