Few years ago, we discovered L'Eden, a seafood restaurant located in Coublevie, Isère (check out my previous post). This is a spot that my family knows well, so we decided to go there to celebrate Mother's Day. Know that Mother's Day in France is always the last week end of May.
The place was packed with families when we arrived, but we were the last to leave, after a three hour lunch...
The service was a bit challenging because the restaurant was clearly understaffed on a pretty demanding day.
While making up our mind with the menu, we ordered the house cocktail that was made with champagne and curaçao, the latter giving a nice light blue color. Floating in the glass was a raspberry that went up and down as time went.
We also ordered a bottle of wine, a Rasteau from 2010:
The brand is ORTAS that is an anagram for Rasteau.
Few moments after the brought the drink, they gave us a delicious velouté de champignons (cream of mushroom):
They had a set menu for the event, although they agreed to allow Jodi to order a vegetarian dish, as she did not like what they were proposing. Similar to last time, we ordered a Saint-Marcellin cheese salad.
Nice looking, they put quit a lot of cheese, slightly toasted, on top of mesclun salad.
On my side, I started with a wild salmon carpaccio with lime, apple, berries and olive oil.
The carpaccio looked beautiful, made with slices of salmon a bit thicker than usual. The fish was sublime: fresh and delightfully fatty. Unfortunately, it was missing some acidity and the dish was overpowered by the olive oil.
Next was the magret de canard with a morel sauce:
Magret is duck breast that is typically thinly sliced with a bit of fat in the outside, usually cooked pink in the center.
This was served with an écrasé de pomme de terre (crushed potatoes) that was deliciously creamy and some mushrooms. I really liked that dish: the magret was perfectly cooked and had a perfect amount of fat that had this wonderful grilled taste. And that morel sauce...so good!
They also propose some cheeses like the fromage Blanc below, but I admit that after the feast I had that week end, I skipped it.
For dessert, I chose the mango soup with a lemon sherbet and fresh mint.
It was just ok for me, missing some mint and the mango not being that tasty. However, Jodi ordered the moelleux au chocolat, a delicious cake with a melted center.
We finished our meal with an espresso.
It was a nice Mother's Day celebration, Bonne fête Maman!
I am sure you wonder if I would recommend this place. I think it is always difficult to judge a restaurant as events like this one are always challenging. Think about it: for valentine's day or New Year's Eve, lots of restaurants are proposing overpriced prix-fixe that are not of the best quality. That does not make them bad. The same applies to L'Eden.
395 Chemin des Voûtes
38500 Coublevie, France
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