The menu features several Mediterranean classics such as a bouillabaisse-style fish soup and hake on roasted tomatoes and pistou
, while among Paysanne's wines, Cai loves the Domaine la Colombette's unusually southerly pinot noir.
is the French take on Italian pesto, and this intensely garlicky sauce adds depth to a filling soup packed with fresh vegetables
To relive my visit to Mauritius last year, I had the salad of hearts of palm, tomato pistou
and mushrooms with a sweet garlic parmesan dressing.
I'm also devoted to the brandade (salt cod, potato puree and garlic served on toast), the pistou
(a savory soup of Mediterranean vegetables) and the bistro burger.
Contractor address : 7 impasse du Pistou
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Roasted red bell pepper soup with ratatouille and pistou
Daughter's fillet of salmon, with summer vegetable minestrone and basil pistou
was a fresh, light dish.
The Cook's Garden reports that its popular ethnic varieties of herbs and vegetables include Pistou
basil, Serrata basil, Italian Essence parsley, Krausa parsley and Yugoslavian red lettuce.
Vegetable soup with basil pistou
(serves 6) INGREDIENTS: 2 stalks celery; 2 carrots; 4tbsp/2'fl oz good-quality olive oil; 1 large onion; 2 small potatoes; 4 garlic cloves; 1 readymade bouquet garni (such as thyme, parsley, rosemary and sage); 2 litres/3 pints 10floz water; salt and freshly ground black pepper; 200g/7oz canned haricot beans, rinsed and drained.
At Pavilion, the hottest restaurant in town, chef Mansour Memarian puts Iranian spices in the celery soup, serves shoulder of lamb with a pistou
, artichoke hearts and broad beans, and sprinkles pomegranate seeds over the chocolate souffle.
Flounder and Garlic Almond Pistou
with Peas and Coffee Broth
Every Friday, guests can enjoy a selection of small but refined dishes such as the signature Kunnafah salmon (really nice), lamb chops with garlic pure, mesclun salad with buffalo mozzarella and pistou
, and udon noodle Arabiata.