The Chez Pierre Taste of France set menu for this week featured food from the town of Nice. The 5 course offering for $62.50 featured:
- Amuse Bouche
- Gnocchi A La Nicoise
- Bouillabaisse Aux Fruits De Mer
We were brought a basket of bread and I was really hungry so I treated myself to lots of butter with the tasty bread.
Chilled Roasted Roma Tomato and Basil Soup
First up is an amuse bouche of roasted tomato soup. The roasted tomato soup is so delicious, the roasted flavour comes through and the small serve is a real teaser.
Gnocchi A La Nicoise
Nicoise style gnocchi, served with provincial style with tomato, eggplant, olives and capsicum served with slow braised lamb ragout
I didn’t think the French did gnocchi which is an Italian dish. The gnocchi is soft and spongy with not much flavour. However when eaten with the slightly rich lamb ragout, it’s perfect. The super soft lamb just falls apart. I also loved the tomato, eggplant, olive and capsicum mixture which is akin to ratatouille. Excellent dish.
Passionfruit, citrus, strawberry sorbet
This was simply delicious. A really summery palette cleanser that I’d be happy to eat for dessert. Not your usual palette cleanser, this seemed more dessert than palette cleanser.
Bouillabaisse Aux Fruits De Mer
A traditional southern France dish of fresh fish, mussels, clams, prawns and squid served with a light tomato and fish soup finished with rouille, Parmesan and croutons
I’ve not eaten bouillabaisse before. It consists of a flavoursome tomato soup filled with an array of seafood. I really liked it and can imagine enjoying this dish in winter. The seafood is perfectly cooked, particularly the juicy mussels which still had a taste of the sea and the super tender squid. The dish was also served with thinly sliced toasted baguettes with rouille, a garlic mustard like mayonaisse. I didn’t like the mayo all that much though as it was a bit too rich for my taste.
A creamy nougat and caramel iced parfait served with a honey reduction and whipped cream
For dessert we were served nougat parfait which was really delicious and surprised on the upside as I didn’t think the dessert seemed that appealing. The strawberries offer a contrast, so too the orange peel. There are broken pieces of meringue scattered about for some crunch and there are several blobs of cream which made the dessert a bit rich. The tuille is more like a brandy snap and really yum. It’s quite a filling dessert, considering the amount of food served tonight.
Chez Pierre Food Review Summary
Verdict: A visit to Chez Pierre trying their Taste of France range never disappoints. We were treated to food from the town of Nice. It started with a gnocchi lacking in flavour but partnering perfectly with a delicious rich lamb ragout with a ratatouille like mixture of vegetables that were pleasing to the taste buds. That was followed by a delicious palette cleanser of passionfruit, citrus, and strawberry sorbet which was more like a dessert. For mains I ate bouillabaisse for the first time and liked the lovely tomato and fish soup surrounding an array of delicious seafood. Special call out to the mussels which tasted like the sea and were super tender, just like the squid which was also melt in your mouth. For dessert the nougat parfait surprised on the upside as I didn’t think it would be that great but I was proved wrong with an interesting creation married with strawberries and orange peel for a contrast against the rich flavours. I’ve eaten here many a times and really love experiencing the cuisine from different areas of France.
Recommendation: Highly Recommend
See my prior blog post:
Food Review of Chez Pierre – 26 May 2015
Food Review of Chez Pierre – 17 Feb 2015
Food Review of Chez Pierre – 10 Feb 2015
Food Review of Chez Pierre – Jan 2015
Food Review of Chez Pierre – May 2014
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