The Yellow Brick Road

As the menu suggests, you are in for a journey when you dine at Astrance. We chose the seasonal winter one with a truffle supplement; you can specify “un peu,” “beaucoups,” or “a la folie” for the amount of truffle you would like…

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The road stretched out before us with layers of foie gras, apple, and mushrooms and lemon and hazelnut sauces…

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The next step was scallops, oysters, and bone marrow with soy sauce, yuzu, and an herb that tasted like oyster.

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Continuing, we had turbot with cauliflower, red pepper, leeks, olives, and capers.

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We were swept away with watercress, truffle, and parmesan “soup.”

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Around the bend, there was chicken, chard, and sage with a “ravioli” of parmesan and truffle.

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One of the high points was the lamb with salsify and truffles in jus.

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We were in unchartered territory with a warm potato puree and melting vanilla ice cream!

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A sorbet of pepper and lemongrass was refreshing like a fresh-water stream.

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A dessert course followed with coffee mousse and candied mandarins between tuiles and a ginger “riz au lait.”

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At the end of the road, we were offered “eggnog”; fresh passion fruit, oranges, and apples; and little lemon madeleines.

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The wizard, Pascal Barbot, met us on the path to thank us for joining him.

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