Our reason for going to Châtillon was to have lunch with friends. We were also exchanging garden produce. Our friends gave us a bagful of garden-grown cayenne peppers, and we gave them some little red tomatoes and a French butternut-type squash called « une sucrine du Berry » from our vegetable garden.
Anyway, here's where we had lunch. It's a restaurant called L'Auberge de la Tour which gets a lot of good write-ups on TripAdvisor. The photo above is actually one that I took several years ago, in wintertime, when we were driving through Châtillon on our way to points south.
The first course at lunch was what is called « une mise en bouche » — a little appetizer to "get your mouth going." In this case it was a little bowl of pumpkin and foie gras pureed into a warm soup. It was good, and the dishes it was served in were unusual.
Our real first courses, the ones we ordered, came next. Mine was a plate featuring foie gras with a layer of beet jelly and another of chopped cooked chicken breast. There was some salad, some toast, and a little savory « profiterole » — a cream puff filled with whipped, foie-gras-flavored whipped cream. Nick had the same « entrée ».
Walt ordered what was called « un tartare de bœuf » but which turned out to be more like a kind of carpaccio. That's raw, seasoned beef served in thin slices with some lettuce leaves, an herby green sauce, and a little rolled crêpe filled with cheese-flavored whipped cream.
Finally, our friend Jean chose a first course called « crémeux de fenouil et écrevisses marinées au citron vert ». That's a fennel-flavored cream served with crayfish tails marinated in lime juice. She said it was very good, if I remember correctly. More tomorrow...