Unless my schedule opens up this coming days, this would have probably my last one in Je Suis Gourmand, since they will be closing this coming December 31 after 7 years.
This 'farewell' dinner was organized by Noel for regulars and friends who wanted to pay tribute to Marcs cooking one last time It was to be a set menu, with JSG's classic dishes AA the main focus. We were all told we could bring our special wines for this occasion, so we happily obliged.
For staters we had the classic Duck Foie Gras Terrine and Escargot Bourguignonne, 2 of the classic appetizers that are 'must' orders when we are there.
We had this with 2 magnums of Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose one of my favorite no brainer pairings at JSG. The 2 magnums were courtesy of Noel.
Next, I ordered a special dish that Noel ask Marc specifically for this dinner: Moules de Bouchot Mariniere (Brittany Mussels specially flown in for the occasion). This is one of my favorite dishes when Marc has this on the menu. This was paired again with another bottle from Noel: 2009 Bruno Giacosa Roero Arneis. I love this dry white Italian wine, and this was a lovely pairing with the Mussels.
For main, I had the Trio of Lamb with Couscous (sorry no picture) which I paired again with the Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose. This is a perfect pairing since the refreshing rose cuts through the heat and spiciness of the lamb.
I also brought a red, my trusty 1991 Viña tondonia Gran Reserva.
We had many other wines, like a Krug NV Champagne from Aaron, a 2007 Protos Crianza from JC and many others.
It was a fun filled night with lots of good friends who appreciate good food and wine. We will miss Gourmand, but we were told that Marc would be opening another restaurant in the same location in the next 3-4 months. This is something to look forward to.
Thank you Marc for preparing so many wonderful meals for us. We will see you soon in your new restaurant!!