Le Scorlion, St Jean d’Angelys

St. Jean d’Angelys.  13.06.2012 Le Scorlion 5 Rue de l’Abbaye 17400 0546325261

We cannot claim to have discovered this excellent restaurant as when we visited on a Wednesday lunchtime it was fully booked for the interior of the restaurant and we were only able to get in because we were prepared to eat on the terrace on what had been a showery day.  However, the terrace was well covered with umbrellas in case of further showers and in fact the sun came out and it was pleasantly warm – by the time we left the terrace was full too.

It soon became clear why the place was so busy!  We opted for the lunchtime menu at 15.50 euros, which offered 3 courses with 2 choices of starters and 2 of main courses of the day and one dessert of the day alongside 1 permanent starter. which I believe was 6 oysters, one permanent main course of beef and 3 permanent desserts.

We both chose the tuna carpaccio, a delightful concoction of chopped tuna in a nut oil dressing served on a puree of red peppers – light, tasty and beautifully presented and accompanied by house made rolls.

For my main course I had the fish of the day which was rousette (dogfish).  To use the overworked phrase of Michel Roux on the English Professional Masterchef this really was perfectly cooked – slightly browned on the outside and tender and moist on the inside – and perfectly seasoned, served on a bed of steamed courgettes which were a mix of soft and slightly chunky courgette again perfectly seasoned and a tomato jus which just gave it a little sharpness – superb!  My husband chose the rabbit which was boneless and melted in the mouth, surrounded by bacon, on an excellent meaty jus and served with a butternut squash puree.

On the waiter’s recommendation we both had the dessert of the day – a caramel mousse studded with chunks of cooked apple.  It was perfect and much much better than I am making it sound!

We finished with coffee and house made petit fours.

This was a meal which we were unable to fault in any way.  The service was impeccable – friendly, professional and perfectly timed and the food was of the very highest quality both in terms of taste and presentation.

With a very good bottle of Bordeaux the bill came to 60 euros which represented fantastic value for a meal of this calibre.  This is an outstanding restaurant not to be missed – but clearly one would be well advised to book!

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