Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The Snail


This is primarily a wine blog but here is a restaurant review for a bit of a change!

L'Escargot, London




Soho institution and probably the closest restaurant i have seen yet to the one they go to in Ferris Buellers Day Off. Very traditional french in style with tasteful decor and cool contemporary art such as a 3D giant gold dinosaur head.

Snails in garlic with a Bordeaux sauce. Served inside their shells on a spot of potato puree. It was ideal to fish out the meat with the snail holding device and then eat it with a mouth of potato and the lovely sauce. Gorgeous. This we had with a bottle of Sancerre which was laden with Terroir driven character. Steely mineral sauvignon blanc from the Loire valley of France. Refreshing and delicious accompaniment.

Main course of duck leg with ratte potatoes, pak choi and red chard was rich and superb with a lovely Cotes Du Rhone Villages. Ripe, fruity and smooth with touch of spice.

We spent many hours round the table chatting and laughing before finally getting coffee and petit fours.

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