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Gooey Lemon Lime Salted Butter Slice ( Toys - manual or machine post)

Asparagus Appero Velouté ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Oeuf Mollet ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Fresh Asparagus ( A Thousand and One Things to do with Aparagus)

Strawberry Fool (Temperatures Rising post)

Death and Co (Desperate Target post)

Susie's Tian ( Summer Bliss post)

Spiced Up Chocolate Mousse ( Mummy Porn? post)

Bay Leaf and Lemon Roasted Coquelet ( Pizza Face post)

Cottage Cheese Salad ( Ouch! post)

Sunday Chilli ( Co Co CO Communication post)

Resolution Chicken Soup ( Sunshine and Joy post)

6 Minute Succulent Foie Gras ( Foie Gras Shortcut post)

Carrot & Coconut Spiced Soup ( Charm and Charme post)

Amaretto Chocolate Cake ( Autumn Dash post)

Sunday Supper Fettucini ( Haircut Hell post)

Susie's Fennel Seed and Lime Chicken (The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Nigella's Coconut Rice ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Cherry Tomato Curry ( The Gracious Art of Meditation post)

Old Fashioned ( Navigation Nightmares post)

End of Summer Apple Tart (Keeping Up post)

Warm Ravioli du Dauphiné Salad ( Cold Summer, Warm Salad post )

Pecorino, Tuna, Fresh Basil and Summer Tomato Salad (Salad Days post)

Easiest Dreamiest Dark Chocolate Ice cream ( Beware Pigeon post)

Ginger Kisses ( Mmmwah Mmmwah Dahling! post)

A "Lucky Stiff" Cocktail ( Are we all chambermaids ? post)

Blueberry, Banana, Carrot Smoothie ( Get Thin, Get Thin, Get Thin post)

Chilled Cucumber and Coriander Soup ( Husbands who do Housework post)

Pear, Almond, Dark Chocolate Spiced Coffee Cake ( Go Dutch! post)

Orgasmic Dark Chocolate and Lime Zest Gateau (Loss is Plus post)

Warm Parsnip Salad (Season's Parsnip post)

Champagne and Raspberry Gratin(Champagne! post)

Laksa ( Getting On post)

Cheat's Christmas Cake ( Last Minute Madness post)

Pecan Pie ( The Joy of "Thanks" post )

Flourless Dark Chocolate Almond Brownies ( Antumn Brownie post)

Christmas Chocolate Truffle Fudge Cake ( Christmas... Already ? post )

Foie Gras Sauternes Terrine ( Oh, To be a Duck post )

Fig Pear Apple Spiced Almond Crumble ( Linguistic LOL post )

Pepper, Fresh Tomato,Garlic, Serrano, Pasta Shells ( God Give us Parity post)

Lemon Ginger Hot Toddy for Colds ( Husbands with Colds post)

Autumn Tomato Soup ( Big Noise post)

Chocolate Mountain Crisp Cookies ( working, WORKING, Mothering, Exploding post)

Inspired Chicken Liver Paté ( Everything's Gone Retro post)

Spiced Apple Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Butter Icing ( Body Balance post )

Raspberry, White Peach and Limoncello Cups ( Disdain and More Summer Pudding #3 post )

Very Berry Summer Pudding ( Very Berry, Summer Puddings #2 post )

Minted Peach Soup ( Back to School, Summer Puddings #1 post )

Full Fibre Toasted Muesli ( World Cup Fever? post)

Energy Spring Salad ( Energy Spring Salad post)

Chicken Breast Tossed in Basilled Gremolato (Gremolato GOGO post)

Osso Bucco ( Monday Osso Bucco post)

Moistest Almond Expresso Cake with Coffee Butter Icing ( The Cake Which Gets you What you Want...Anything! post)

Red Pepper Tomato Tuna Pasta Bake (Pasta Bake for really Frustrated Mothers post )

Spring Strawberry & Blueberry Spiced Crumble (Dessert for a Spring Evening post )

Quinoa Asparagus Feta Salad (Annual Cringe post)

Lavender Dream Ice Cream ( Lavender Dream post)

Nasturtium, Cream Cheese & Ham Sandwiches ( Flower Power post)

Best Potato Salad Ever ( First Spring BBQ post)

Basil, Chive, Goat Cheese Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms ( Portobello Fresh post)

Balsamic Berry Salad ( Berry Power post)

Moist Raspberry and Lemon Zest Dessert Cake ( pre Wedding Supper post )

Mackerel Crumble (Omega Me post)

NYC Pecan and Choc Chip Cookies (MyAmericanMarket.com post)

Stawberry and Cherry Tomato Salad with Basil and Mint ( Salad Days post)

Spring Detox Smoothie ( Incredible Blimp post )

Baked Cinnamon and Orange Zest Cheesecake( On Cheesecake post)

Blood Orange Braised Endives (Beautiful Blood Oranges post )

Egg Free Choc Mousse ( Orgasmic Choc Mousse post)

Timeless Onion Soup ( Mid-Term Suppers post)

Caper, Red Onion & Bacon Tart ( Late Lunch Tart post )

Dale's Poisson Cru ( Don't Tell Them its Raw post )

Duck Sausage Curry ( Mid Week Bangers post )

Easy Crepes with various toppings (Its "Crepe Day" in France post)

Red Onion Tart (Winter Suppers Again - Classic Red Onion Tart post )

Classic NYC Bloody Mary ( Hangover Brunch Cure post)

Pesto Salmon (more Winter Suppers, Pesto Salmon post)

Soothing Lemon Soufflé ( Winter Suppers - Back to easy desserts post )

Mash and Variations (Winter Suppers 3 - The Glory of Mashed Potato post)

Braised Vegetable Hot Pot with Espelette Chicken ( see Winter Suppers 2 post)

French Apple Tart, Unadulterated ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Spicey Chorizo Tomato Spaghetti ( Supper for Winter Term 1 post)

Veal/Veau Orloff, Julia Child (Just what is Veau Orloff post)

Christmas Detox Hints ( Over Christmas post)

Espuma Roquefort, Celery, Panacetta (We Workshopped post) Mille Feuilles Sud Ouest (We Workshopped post)

Gourmet Classic Egg Nog (Christmas Spirit post)

Lemon Roasted Chicken (ps More on Backdoor post)

Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake ( Mrs Wood's Heavenly Honey Cake post)

Black Ink Spaghetti with Shellfish (Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia post)

Boeuf Bourguignon, Simple ( Food is Love post)

Smoked Salmon, Dill, Cream Cheese Scrambled Eggs (One Plate Brunch post)

Heavenly Green Soup ( Things Green post)

Dark Chocolate & Chestnut Muffins ( see Sunday Muffin post)

Rhubard, Cardomom & Lime Muffins ( Sunday Muffin post)

Date, Walnut & Marscapone, Lemon Zest Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Apple , Pecan, Toasted Rolled Oats Muffins (Sunday Muffin post)

Susie's Red Wine Sausage Hot-Pot ( see Perspectives Men & Women post)

Mother's Pumpkin Soup ( see 70's Orange post)

Mimosa ( see Back to Brunch post )

Chestnut Panna Cotta

Artichoke Risotto

Risotto alla milanese/Saffron Risotto

Susie's Side Artichokes

Slow Poached Figs with Amaretti Biscuits

Janice's Fig Preserves ( see Getting Figgy post)

Chicken and Prawn Thai Green Curry

Mother's Waldorf Salad

Cherry Tomato and Pistachio Deep Dish Tart

Walnut Tart

Green Crunch Salald

Gorgonzola & Parsley Fettucini

Berry Pavlova

Susie's Pesto - Parsley and Walnut, Basil and Pinenut

Tomato Home-Tapenade Poached Chicken Easy Tart

Susie's Comfort Risotto

Pat's Basil & Corn Soup

Susie's Raspberry & Lemon Zest Tiramisu

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Friday, 16 October 2009

OYSTERS' FRIEND

Back to Brasseries.... Many years ago after singing an Arvo Part concert my fellow singers and I decided we were in dire need of a "feed!!" Arvo takes it out of you and we needed our stuffing replaced. It was after 11pm so I was rather dubious about the whole exercise. I was terror struck at the idea of going to a restaurant to be only greeted with a the last service was at 9 30 pm or worse, having food basically thrown at us by a surly waitress.

There is this " thing" with service here in France. I don't know whether you have noticed it but often in restaurants one is made to feel "so lucky" to be there. After my initial shock the first few years of being here I finally started vocalising my surprise with Hello hello, I'm the client. I also did a few walk-outs when the rudeness or bad service just got too much...life is TOO short. Its the same with shops...sometimes one feels that by simply walking in that you are putting them out. You often get the "up and down"...are you GOOD enough for my shop carry on.

I remember going out with my new born son in the pram to the local town ( very very small town!!) to try and find some non-maternity clothes for myself. As I was negotiating the doorway with the pram the "shop girl" was nattering away on the phone...when I had finally got through the door she put down the phone just long enough to say " Desolé mais nous n'avons rien pour vous ici" in other words, Sorry but we don't have anything for you here ie nothing in your size. She went back to her conversation and I spent another 5 humiliating minutes re negotiating the doorway with the pram. I never went back.

 Let's get back to the late night after - concert dinner.... My fellow musicians knew Bordeaux better than myself, especially late night Bordeaux. They lead me into what can only be described as " yesterday." I found myself in a smokey Brasserie packed full of people, blackboard menus strung around walls, moustached waiters SMILING wearing aprons and crisp clean white shirts. Laughter, garlic, red wine and joy emanated. This was the France I came for!! I'd landed in the Café des Arts. We weren't snarled and stared at.We were given a bottle of wine, on the house(!!!), at the old varnished wooden bar while a waiter cleared a table for us. The first thing that struck me as I downed my first glass of velveteen red was the mix of clientelle. Everything from musicians, actors, elderly, students, bourgeoise, whatever...it was an environment where everyone felt at ease.


When installed at our table the waiter told us that he'd just had an arrival of oysters...how would we feel about a few dozen between us. We were more than happy to help out...I was a little disappointed as I'd really needed something "hot." I said nothing as the atmosphere was too wonderful to puncture with my anglo saxon yearnings for hot food. When the oysters arrived, served on huge huge platters spread across our two tables with great hunks of rye bread and bowls of butter, the waiter came up to me and put a side dish beside me..." Une saucisse maison pour madame....les saucisses sont les amies des huitres" A sausage for madam...sausages are oysters' friends. The relief on my face created a wave of laughter...and I swear I have never enjoyed a sausage as much. The oysters were devine too...

 Last night we went back to the Café des Arts...it is still the same welcoming place. The blackboard menus are still there and the menu hasn't changed...neither has the quality of food and service. The only change is that the smoke has gone. Its a true french brasserie serving basics with seasonal market specials. Last night we had Autumn salads with bitter endives married with foie gras and piping hot cepes mushrooms panfried with apples, parsley and garlic. We moved onto lamb shanks cooked until they melted in your mouth, the flesh falling of the bone, perfumed with fresh thyme.

 I love modern french cuisine...but I also love to be filled with good wine, food and love. Café des Arts is one of those places, a ritual in french hospitality and simple good fresh cooking. Go there!!

4 comments:

  1. PS the first time I took my husband to NZ his reactions to kiwi service were met with surprise. We went to the local Italian café for a quick meal. The waiter came over sat down at the table..." Hi how are you? What have you been doing today? Got a great chardonnay if you'd like a glass before dinner...."
    G turned to me, livid and said " why didn't you introduce me to your friend?"
    "I've never met him I replied...this is kiwi service...."

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  2. Café des Arts is exactly as you say, just what I thought I was comping to france for...thanks so much Susie for telling us about it. Have lived in Bordeaux for over 10 years and never been. I'll be going back

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  3. You are so welcome...would love to know what you ate.
    Isn't the service just wonderful!!

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  4. Tell us about more places like this...please

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