I liked what was done to the restaurant, there was a lightness and brightness to the room which was a stark contrast to the heavy wood interior that was of the then Becasse.
Arras is well known for its range of interesting petit fours and I really wanted to see them and try them out. But the petit fours are only included in their degustation menu. We looked at the menu options and decided to go for the 3 course menu instead. But when we were ordering we asked if we could have the petit fours at coffee time and they kindly said yes!
Service started with canapés of sweet corn and potato and house cured beef with paprika. The sweetness of the corn was intended to offset the saltiness of the cured beef. The beef reminded me of the textures and flavours of beef jerky. I definitely liked the sweet corn and potato, I could have had more of it. The canapé was presented in a glass with delicate edible flowers. Lovely!
|Quail with blood plum|
|Roast skate with parsnip|
The second course was roast breast duck with cherries, cabbage, caramelised onions. There were hazelnuts in the dish which provided the required crunchy texture. The interesting texture that I loved was the moghrabieh, lovely pearl balls of Lebanese couscous.
|Lamb rump with lots of green|
|Roast duck with cherries|
Pre dessert was chocolate mint ice cream with hazelnut and strawberries. The mint flavour of the ice cream was quite strong and to me, it indicated it was a natural mint flavour from a house made ice cream using natural ingredients. Nice!
|Chocolate mint ice cream|
|Pumpkin ice cream dessert|
|Rhubarb, rhubarb and rhubarb|
We then had our coffee and tea and out came the very large platter of petit fours. I was so surprised and delighted by the array and the other diners looked at our table in fascination at what was being presented. They must have thought we were having the whole platter. Not at all!! Thank goodness! I chose 5 types and SH who does not have a sweet tooth, decided to have only 2 types.
|Petit fours galore!|
|My selection plus one of SH's|
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