March 21, 2016
Good France Day – French Food Festival at The Lalit Great Eastern
Good France Day is an initiative organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Alain Ducasse. On 21st March, near about 150 countries celebrated Good France Day to relish the gastronomy of France. To mark the day, numerous embassies and restaurants offered some mouth watering French food. Any restaurant, who participated in the world wide celebration, paid a tribute to an innovative, vibrant and good food. They remained true to their value pleasure and sharing of good food.
The French love their food and certainly know how to indulge. The heritage of France lies in its wines and exquisite cuisines. The Gastronomic French meal was long been listed on list of UNESCO World Heritage. It is listed since 2010 and is believed to be a heritage that is not only to be cherished but savoured and glorified in the years to come. It is not something that is to be showcased. The idea of the Good France Day originated with this sole perspective.
The Gastronomic journey
For the second consecutive year, Goût de France / Good France Day will celebrate French gastronomy in various locations worldwide on 21st March 2016. An invitation was sent to the whole world by France, by bringing 1700+ chefs under a single roof. They all took advantage of the assets of the French gastronomy and expressed their expertise and talent by offering near about 1700 unique menus. Dinners served simultaneously in participating restaurants will honour the merits of French cuisine, its capacity for innovation, and its values: sharing, enjoying, and respecting the principles of high-quality, environmentally responsible cuisine
All the restaurants who participated in this worldwide celebration were featured on the website named goodfrance.com. This made everyone from various regions of the world, identify the participating restaurant of his or her particular country or city. They were also given an opportunity to book on their favourite restaurant from the site. Chefs were asked to post the cuisines and recipes on the website on 21st March, to that everyone can imagine their savoured dinner.
This journey was a perfect picture of the two most important aspect of the French culture. These are opening up to the world outside and promoting the local uniqueness. The French people got an opportunity to share and cherish the values dear to them. These values should be continued seriously by gathering as many individuals as possible.
Good France day celebration at Lalit Great Eastern
Kolkata has an indomitable spirit in every occasion. The Good France Day celebration was also not an exception. The people of Kolkata as well as the restaurants experience a serious foodgasm in almost all celebrations. Good France Day was celebrated in the Legacy Grill of the Lalit Great Eastern on 21st March. It was nothing but an exquisite French Food Festival. The backbone of the event formed the tasty French cuisines. The people of Kolkata got a golden opportunity to taste some authentic, delicious French cuisine which may be they dreamt of. All the items were prepared by expert chefs following the Gastronomic journey.
Remembering the main cause behind the Good French Day, all French traditions and values are followed perfectly throughout the celebration. The French communities of Kolkata were equally excited and their participation needs special mention. They got a chance to cherish the cuisines and values dear to them with other Kolkatans. Good food brought everyone together. Everyone at last pledged to glorify and carry on the French Gastronomic journey forward.
Interested in a completely different dining experience? Mark Good French Day on your calendars and try to snag one of the limited seats to sample Chef Ajit Tiwari’s creative dinner menus for said occasion.
The Parfait de foie de volaille (Best served with Brancaia Tre wine) was a real treat to start your meal with – baked Chicken and potato pressé topped with pickled plums and garnished with liver parfait stuffed in a bread tuille. Its mesmerized me after the first bite – Hands down, tables down, fork and spoon down, it’s one of the BEST French Parfait de foie de volaille I had ever tasted!!! Soft and crispy, salty yet sweet, this fluffy Parfait de foie de volaille was loaded with just the right amount of fragrant spiciness.
A classic combination and melty, gooey cheese? What’s not to love? The Mille feuille granny smith, chutney strawberry fromage brie (Best served with Wolftrap wine) was easily one of the best you have ever had: sliced fresh green apple brushed with luscious spicy salted caramel custard in every alternative layer and crisp fried brie cheese in-between those juicy green apple slices and topped with strawberry chutney. Strawberry chutney also added in between layers to give a pleasing sweet feeling to your tongue.
Tuck into their signature Bekti grillé, puree de chou fleur, sauce hollandaise (Best served with Wolftrap wine) boasting incredible flavour and melt-in-your-mouth tenderness, and served with cauliflower puree and Hollandaise sauce. If you like classic French cuisine, they were pretty generous with their portion and sear it till an impeccable crust was achieved, but still melts in your mouth.
Then, move on to the sublime Navarin d’agneau poche au merlot, legumes de saison (Best served with Brancaia Tre wine) – a classic French lamb dish exceedingly tender, flavourful, and juicy meat – probably one of the best you’ll ever have. The lamb piece was poached in merlot and sitting with winter vegetables and jus. This might just be one of the best savoury versions you will find as it really hits the spot with texture and flavour.
The Mousse de fromage de chèvre aux herbes (Best served with Wolftrap wine) – comprising oven baked Tuile Cracker and Herbed Goat Cheese Mousse – was almost faultless. Seriously, you have to try it to believe it and you won’t stop swooning over how good this is.
Don’t end your meal without trying the Bavarois caramel & chocolat (Best served with Doc Prosseco Cardinal wine), a classic combination that’s worth every calorie! In the sweet finale, the beautifully balanced malted milk bavarian and chocolate pudding served with peanut sablé, and salted caramel custard was bound to please every heart. The peanut sablé here plays on the balance between sweet and salty.
Expect each portion of their signature French dish to be plated beautifully and in a setting that was dainty with an air of whimsy. Other than a reliable date spot, their value-for-money set dinners are a draw: you get to enjoy a five-course exclusive French menu with a glass of wine for just Rs. 2500/-. The lush and refined setting of this fine-dining restaurant is the perfect backdrop for an exquisite French meal, so bring someone you’re dying to impress.